For the past 13 years, Carol Glass has operated a nonprofit organization called Glass House Inc. Her mission is to provide transitional housing for homeless people, sex offenders, and those in recovery so that they can integrate stability and structure back into their lives. Ms. Glass and those at Glass House operate under two programs; individual treatment and family treatment, which work to acclimate clients back into society and help them obtain networking opportunities, credit-building services, and home ownership. She is proud to say that Glass House has prevented 15 children from entering the system thus far, and served 65 people in 2015.
In her role with her nonprofit, Ms. Glass is responsible for keeping statistics, developing and updating profit and loss statements, writing grants, fundraising, and making sure taxes are completed each year. Marketing is another part of her day-to-day activities; her professional relationships have crossed country and state lines. Ms. Glass believes this is a big factor in the success of Glass House, as she has established approximately 150 contacts in the probation, parole, homeless, and recovery communities. These contacts are people and organizations who believe in what Glass House is accomplishing, and thus are likely to refer clients. She also attributes her online presence; in today’s world, it is important to be aware of and understand social media and the mobile world. Furthermore, Ms. Glass feels that being able to adjust to diffferent personalities has contributed to her longevity. She engages and adapts to each individaul, and is learning all the time.
Recently, Ms. Glass was introduced to the concept of restorative justice. This is all about repairing the harm caused by the crime; when victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational. She has begun to implement resorative justice over the past four years and facilitates group discussions, which she feels have made a real difference. As a member of The International Women’s Leadership Association, Ms. Glass would advise the younger generations to get educated, and participate in a job assistant program that can help with interviews. Looking to the future, she is working to develop a new housing model for ex-sex offenders.
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