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By Kenneth Mallory

Our Place DC has been a source of sustenance and support for thousands of current and formerly incarcerated women in the District.

In the year 2010 alone, over 1,500 women were served through the non-profit organization’s programs, and since the organization began in 1999, more than 9,000.

It is among several organizations in the District working to curb high unemployment.

In addition to partnering with numerous local employers to assist the women at Our Place DC with finding jobs, training and apprenticeship opportunities, the nonprofit also hires many women who have come through its program.

Our Place DC’s Executive Director Ashley McSwain, MSW, MSOD, believes that for the formerly incarcerated, their past mistakes should not define their future.

“I don’t even ask the women that come to Our Place what they’ve been charged with. It doesn’t really matter because your needs are your needs,” she said.

But given the unique population of people it serves…

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