Formerly Incarcerated Women Open a Haven for Women Newly Released from Prison
Date:  10-10-2017

Topeka K. Sam and Vanee Sykes use their own reentry experience to provide safe housing and support services and programs to give women a second chance


CONTACT: Topeka K. Sam, Founder (p) (646)600-8573

Open House

Hope House, A New Safe Housing Space Created by and for Formerly Incarcerated

[NEW YORK, NEW YORK] On Saturday, October 28, 2017 Hope House, a new program for women returning to New York City from state or federal prisons, will hold an open house at its first location.

Hope House is a haven for women to receive innovative, unique, and proven best practices to help them to make a positive and sustained re-entry back into the community. The project is a replication of the nationally recognized Los Angeles-based women’s reentry program, A New Way of Life. A New Way of Life was founded by Susan Burton, who through faith and collaboration with Topeka K. Sam and Vanee Sykes, helped to make the dream of Hope House become a reality.

Hope Houses provides a homelike environment for up to one year for women as they readjust to coming home. Women will receive support programs and services that will allow them to improve their life outcomes as they progress from basic survival to stabilization and finally to self-sufficiency. Hope House utilizes tools designed to address the many circumstances that led women into the criminal justice legal system and complement those services with a true understanding of the support needed to facilitate a positive and productive “second chance.”

Hope Houses’ unique platform is designed for and by women who have experienced incarceration. The “Open House” will allow visitors to understand the importance of this much needed innovative program and to connect with ways they can support the work.


WHAT: Open House

WHO: Hope House

DATE/TIME: October 28, 2017/from 6 to 9 pm.

PLACE: To receive location information, please RSVP to:

Representatives from the media are invited to cover this event. Verification of press credentials will be required.

ABOUT Hope House

Hope House is a new program for women returning to New York City from state or federal incarceration. The creation of formerly incarcerated women, Topeka K. Sam and Vanee Sykes, Hope House provides a homelike environment for up to one year for women as they readjust to being home. Support programs and services allow them mental healing and opportunities to live fulfilled lives.

Topeka K. Sam is the founder and executive director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries – The LOHM – whose mission is to help disenfranchised and marginalized women and girls transition back into society through spiritual empowerment, education, entrepreneurship, and advocacy. She is a Beyond the Bars 2015 Fellow and a 2016 Justice-In-Education Scholar at Columbia University, a 2017 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow working on Probation and Parole Accountability and a founding member of The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Topeka is the created and founded Hope House.

Vanee Sykes is the founder of Red Tag Ministries: “Ministering through the Racks” whose mission is to provide formerly incarcerated ladies with garments to transition back into the work place. She learned of this need first hand while ministering to women inside of prison. Vanee, along with her daughter Alexis, is launching “Lexi’s Promise: The ultimate prom experience for a “Princess” with an incarcerated parent.”

For additional information about Hope House, call 646-600-8573 or visit