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More hope for ex-offenders in Jacksonville

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Updated: 1/24 9:43 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Kristyn Isom knows what prison is like, and she says it's a place she never wants to go to again.

She says she knows she won't return because of the help she received from Thorminc Ministries.

It's a nonprofit organization that helps ex-offenders like Isom get off the streets.

"It gives a person a nice homey place to reside, we all have homes, they are not clinical," said executive director of Thorminc Ministries Dr. Cassandra Bush.

Bush says her group became contracted with the Department of Corrections in 2007.

She says the group started off with five beds for ex-offenders, than upped it to six, and now have more than a dozen.

"Now we're up to 17 beds. We have the largest bed count in northeast Florida, where we house men and women being released from the Florida Department of Corrections," said Bush.

Bush says the nonprofit has three different homes, two for men and one for women.

But Bush says Thorminc doesn't want to stop there.
It's hoping to open a fourth home, which was recently donated by someone in the community.

And for those like Isom, who says she is living proof ex-offenders can change, she says adding more homes will only help the city of Jacksonville.

"The society today just doesn't want to give that many ex-offenders a chance, so it's very exciting," said Isom.

Bush says the fourth home can't be opened until it's fixed up.
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