It’s been a while, a couple of months I’ve been away from my kids and I thought I was going to have to sit longer.”
Behind this barbed wire fence, there’s not much of a holiday spirit.
“I’ve already missed Thanksgiving and everything and their birthday at the end of the month and I thought I was going to miss all of this” said Lanice Nolbert.
For the first time in months, mothers are reuniting with their children.
These women are now home, spending the holidays with family after being locked up because of non-violent offenses.
“We help individuals who can’t afford to pay their bail who are here for minor charges to help them return home” said Dianna Payton, CEO of YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge.
One by one, each mother walked out of the parish prison, greeted by strangers with gifts in hand.
“I never gave up hope because I have been a changed person” said Deandra Norris.
Change, one of the missions of YWCA.
“The work that we’re doing is really making a difference” said Payton.
Smiles, hugs, and tears shed as this group thanked people for their acts of kindness.
“I was very surprised and I’m thankful” said Nolbert
“I just thank God and the people who sponsored everything who helped out and I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.”
For this group, the small gift of bail serves as a simple reminder, there’s hope.
“I told God, if it’s his will, it’s his way.”