The Providence House celebrates the success of one of its former residents.
Mattie Manuel came to the organization in September of 2011, after losing her job and unemployment running out. At the time, she was caring for her mother, daughter, and two grandchildren.
A year and a half later, she's in the second stage of the program and has started her own business called, "Free Indeed Transit." The company will transport people to prisons around the state to visit their loved ones. Manuel was inspired to start the company after her own daughter was incarcerated.
"I have a passion for women who are incarcerated and the children so I wanted to be available for transportation. I know from speaking to people around here, that nothing like that is around as far as visiting their loved ones that are incarcerated so I wanted to be available in that area," said Mattie Manuel.
On weekends, Manuel will offer transportation to prisons. During the week, she will take Medicaid patients to their dialysis and doctor's appointments. For more information, call (318) 280-1073.