Ardella’s House is a service and advocacy organization committed to helping women with criminal justice histories realize new possibilities for themselves and their families. AH program services make it possible for women to obtain work, housing, and health care; to rebuild their families; and to participate fully in civic life. Through the Institute on Women & Criminal Justice, AH pursues a rigorous policy, advocacy, and research agenda to bring new perspectives to public debates on women and criminal justice.


AH provides direct assistance to approximately 800 women and their families each year. And offers an integrated continuum of services to criminal justice-involved women in response to five key areas of need: livelihood, housing, family, health – well-being, and criminal justice compliance.

With programs are based in jail and prisons, as well as in the community, AH helps women – at different stages of involvement with the criminal justice system- address their current needs and future plans.

Dedicated to her late mother, Tonie is now working to make Ardella’s House her crowning achievement.  And not simply because it will be a home dedicated to lifting the spirit of others – but because it will be where her spirit is lifted as well.