mentoring and counseling for the ex-offender

men & women


Leaving The Cocoon

PO Box 1542

Franklin, TN  37065

Phone: (615) 403-1313

Our Mission:
Our mission is to show Christ-like compassion to the needs of those incarcerated and help them rebuild their lives outside prison. We desire to reach out to women caught in addictions and troubles, and help them realize and reach their God-given potential.

“My prayer is not for them alone, I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all may be one.”  (John 17:20)
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Vicki Harvey-Helgesen

Volunteer of the Year 2008

The Reason:

“Leaving the Cocoon” was established in 2003 due to a lack of mentoring for female ex-offenders.  Upon leaving prison, many fall prey to the world.  Communities have a tendency to make these ladies feel even worse.  They are shunned and looked down on because they have served time.

In general, our society can be harsh.  “Good girls don’t get into trouble.”  This attitude hurts those who are reentering society, those trying to make a better life, and change the course they had previously been traveling.  So, we can sit back and hold fast our judgments... or we can do something to help.