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CROWDRISE : Oct 21, 2014
Tax ID: 76-0818213
BASED: Smyrna, TN, United States


One life at a time...

Holding Out Hope is a non-profit organization that is passionate about serving what many consider to be the lowest members of our society... the incarcerated.

Our mission is to shine a ray of light in a dark place.  Prison is a necessity in the fabric of our society.  We, as an organization, fully understand the need for serious consequences as a result of wrong choices.  We grieve for the victims and their families. Mercy is not turning a blind eye to the actions of a criminal.  Mercy is showing compassion and kindness in spite of those actions. Guided by the belief that every person is created for a purpose, we actively choose to call out the best in the women we work with, regardless of their past. 

Though we have carried HOPE to several prisons across the country, our primary focus is on the women who participate in our weekly choir program at the Tennessee Prison for Women.  In addition to singing, the women are taught basic life skills.  It takes courage to face the regret, the shame and the pain. Accepting personal responsibility and breaking negative patterns of behavior is the road to help and healing. We boldly encourage the women we serve to look at their own issues andbecome empowered to make changes in their lives.   As a choir we take part in a monthly service at the prison that reaches any inmate who wishes to attend. Many times we are asked to sing at memorial services or when prison officials visit the compound. The women love singing for these special services and work hard in rehearsal to prepare. In the last nine years our programs have impacted hundreds of incarcerated women.

Tax ID: 76-0818213 •


A Tennessee Prison for Women Christmas

A Tennessee Prison for Women…

Amount Raised:



46% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Christmas Dinner at Tennessee Prison for Women

Christmas Dinner at Tennesse…

Amount Raised:



44% Raised of $2,000 Goal