Last month, she accepted her first Lotterywest grant ” $34,156 ” for her not-for-profit organisation, Jade Lewis and Friends, which supports women in prison with the aim of giving them a second chance.
About 14 years ago Mrs Lewis was given her second chance when Teen Challenge helped her regain control of her life and write her book Golden Haze, which led to her work in women’s prisons.
‘I couldn’t forget somebody stopped to help me when they didn’t want to but they did,’ Mrs Lewis said.
Jade Lewis and Friends runs various support prison programs at Bandyup and Banksia Hill that have helped people like former inmate Emma Felsinger.
‘When I got out I rang them and they put their hand out and helped me out,’ Ms Felsinger said.
‘You feel so weak and down when you go there but it builds you up and it was just amazing to see they could talk the talk.’