ALBUQUERQUE — A Peaceful Habitation (APH) is hosting its annual gala fundraiser Saturday, April 28 to ultimately help formerly incarcerated women reintegrate into society. The gala is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Albuquerque Marriott and includes raffle prizes, lunch and guest speakers including former Secretary of State Dianna Duran who plead guilty in 2015 for misusing state campaign funds.
Since 2007, APH has been helping a multitude of incarcerated and recently released women from New Mexico correctional facilities to transition back into society. APH provides “wrap around” services, such as temporary housing, and connects the women with public resources ranging from financial advisement to employment assistance.
“Anything that was a challenge for these women prior to serving time behind bars will be even more difficult with a criminal record, so APH empowers these women to help themselves through a faith-based program which helps them become contributing members of society,” APH founder, Leticia Chavez-Paulette said.
APH is launching a new “Reintegration Essentials” program which, unlike APH’s current system, does not require women to live in-house after leaving the correctional facility.
APH will provide numerous workshops to help the women succeed pertaining to: employability, overcoming feelings of inadequacy, trauma healing, financial training, nutrition, spiritual connects and more. As part of the effort, APH ensures a person will be there when a woman is released from the facility if they choose to accept the support and providing clothing to spur the process of change.
During the gala event April 28, guests will hear testimonies from the family of an APH graduate, in addition to speakers: Denise Seavey, author of In His Hands; O.C. Fero, who served 32 years in prison for murder, and will discuss his experience integrating back into the community; and former Secretary of State Dianna Duran who will talk about her new transition since her highly publicized “fall from grace.”
Ticket prices for the gala event are $45 each or $425 for a table of ten. Raffle tickets will be available for sale at $10 each or six for $50, for prizes including $1,000 cash for first prize, Fish Enchantment Guides full-day fishing trip for two at Bluewater Lake as the second prize ($500 value); and a $200 cash prize.
A silent auction will also be available at the event and will include auction items such as jewelry, gift certificates, themed baskets, art and other items.
The gala will be held at the Albuquerque Marriott, located at 2010 Louisiana Blvd NE in Albuquerque.
All proceeds directly benefit APH’s ministry efforts. Last year’s gala event brought in $27,000. According to Chavez-Paulette, the recidivism rate among women who have been with APH for six months or longer is 20 to 22 percent.