Nineteen years ago, a vision of love, hope and freedom all became a reality, as our founder Jessie Joe Jacobs set out on a venture by founding A Way Out back in 2002.
Since 2002 A Way Out has grown into a well- established and very effective local charity with CEO Sarah McManus leading each step of the way as the organisation continues to move forward, supporting and acting as an advocate for young people, families, women, and girls across Teesside.
In the last year A Way Out has prevailed during the pandemic continuing to support all who engage with the organisation. There are so many examples of how lives have continued to be changed and future hope restored – one outreach team, while delivering emergency food and wellbeing parcels, were there to save the life of a women who had overdosed on the street in Middlesbrough.
The organisation continues to grow. A Way Out has recently expanded our services through working in partnership to create Criminal Justice Team. Launching at the end of the month the team will support female offenders within the community. The team’s goal is to equip these women in the decisions they make, by helping to address any issues which have led to offending.
As A Way Out reflects back on how far we have come over the last nineteen years, there is a huge amount of gratitude for each member of staff, trustee and volunteer who have contributed over the years and we are so thankful to be in a position where we can reach out and help those in need.