Compassion - Hope - Empowerment - Freedom

Our Mission

Assisting Women In Transition From Prison, Community Reentry, Employment, And Independent Living.

Compassion - Hope - Empowerment - Freedom

Our Mission

Assisting Women In Transition From Prison, Community Reentry, Employment, And Independent Living.
Assisting Women In Transition From Prison, Community Reentry, Employment, And Independent Living.

Welcome To The House of Mary

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Assisting Women In Transition From Prison, Community Reentry, Employment, And Independent Living.

Every year. Thousands of women are released from U.S. prisons, returning to communities across the country. Transitioning after being in prison is very challenging for most newly-released prisoners, as well as their families and communities. Recidivism studies show that without intervention, two-thirds of those released will return to prison within three years. Sadly, ex-prisoners often go back to prison not because they committed a crime, but because they simply violated parole due to circumstances caused by not being fully prepared for successful reentry through a qualified program.

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Our Services

Transitional Housing

Marys House is safe, secure, and affordable housing. This is key to women’s ability to successfully transition from jail or prison. 

Behavioral Health Services

Our Behavioral Specialist support our customers through, growth, and recovery with  counseling. Customers may attend one-on-one or group meetings that focus on maintaining health relationships, and behavior management.

Job Training

Pre­par­ing to work is often more than learn­ing a par­tic­u­lar set of skills. Many women return­ing first need to address the trauma they have exper­i­enced in their lives before enter­ing the work­force.

Employment Assistance

Find­ing work after incar­cer­a­tion is chal­len­ging but we can help you. Our strategic partnerships with various businesses allows recently incarcerated women a change at a new beginning.

Group Therapy

People participating in the group can see that others are going through the same thing, which can help them feel less alone. Group members can serve as role models for other members of the group.

Peer Support

Individuals come together, overseen by a trained peer support specialist or facilitator, to talk with one another about their experiences, struggles and challenges.

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Meet Our Therapist

Behavioral Health Specialist

Natasha Patterson, LPC

Natasha graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Natasha attended Lindenwood University where she received her Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling in 2016. While she was in graduate school, she worked at Touchette Regional Hospital as a Therapist Intern; she facilitated adult and adolescent groups comprised of individuals with various mental health issues. Natasha focus is on Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse.

Depression Treatment

The environment can be inherently damaging to mental health by removing people from society and eliminating meaning and purpose from their lives.

Post-Incarceration Syndrome

Post-Incarceration Syndrome a syndrome similar to PTSD. Individuals who struggle with PTSD may frequently relive past events in their mind and have sudden outbursts.

Reunification therapy refers to family therapy that aims to reunite or reestablish a relationship, usually between a parent and child.

Our Process

In Take & Placement

Our goals are to provide women with opportunities to mobilize and enhance existing strengths, and access personal and community resources; incorporates cognitive behavioral techniques with Motivational Interviewing and relational theory.

Psycho-educational and cognitive skills approaches to assist women in developing coping skills and emotional wellness to counter the effects of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.

Multi-level approach and a variety of evidence based therapeutic strategies such as psycho-education, role playing, mindfulness activities, cognitive-behavioral restructuring, and grounding skills for trauma triggers. It is designed to assist women in understanding trauma, the multiple aspects of anger, and emotional regulation.

Addressing the co-existing disorders of trauma, PTS, and substance abuse that draws from the research on cognitive behavioral treatment of substance abuse disorders, post-traumatic stress treatment, education in reducing substance use, and recidivism as a therapeutic community that provides substance abuse treatment and relapse prevention services.

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Talk With Us To Start A Change Your Life

The House of Mary work to help women transitioning from prison with housing. The House of Mary provides women with resources and support to help them navigate the challenges of entering society after incarceration. By working together, we can help break the cycle of incarceration and give women a chance at a fresh start.

(618) 515 - 3034

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Board of Directors & Executive Committee

Chief Executive Officer

Natasha Patterson

Chief Operational Officer
Darrell C. Hartley
Chief Financial Officer
Angela Warr-Hartley
Melonee Cornish
Katie Baillio