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Ex-inmate and author of I Was...I Am  is now an advocate for the formerly incarcerated

By Dennis Moore


November 30, 2010 (San Diego) -- Author Allison "Tammy" Moore will bring her message of hope and redemption to San Diego during the Christmas season, speaking at an Urban League reception as well as to women prisoners at Las Colinas and a church prison ministry group.

The formerly incarcerated woman and author of I Was...I Am will be hosted by San Diego County Urban League in a reception on December 13th as part of the Urban League's Women's Re-Entry event and  holiday Toy Drive. Other community and women's advocacy groups will join the Urban League in welcoming the author to San Diego, where she will also appear at seveal other events.


The next day, Tuesday, December 14, Moore will be hosted by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and will speak to a group of women at the Las Colinas Women's Detention Center to deliver a message of hope and redemption in the midst of seemingly hopelessness. Ms. Moore will speak on "How to Move Beyond Your Past to Create an Extraordinary Life," the theme of her book (See ECM’s review, September 12, 2010).


Later that day, Moore will make a presentation and book signing before the Bethel A.M.E. Prison Ministry at the Tubman/Chavez Center. Her presentation will focus on reducing recidivism among formerly incarcerated women and improving their quality of life.


Moore, the founder/Ceo of "In His Presence Ministries," will begin her sojourn in San Diego by worshiping at Bethel Memorial A.M.E. Church on Sunday, December 12, 2010, where Anthony L. Hughes is Pastor. It will be on a day when the Church will be celebrating their Christmas musical.


Moore states it is her desire to shed light on the perils of re-entry, specifically regarding the female ex-offender. She believes the traditional methods, which are mostly modeled after the male offender, are not as effective, because of the specific needs of a woman being different from that of a man. She hopes to compel all those involved in the prison system, post and pre-sentencing, to consider new ways of reducing recidivism and developing alternatives to prison for non-violent offenders. She states: "If we heal a woman - we change the course of a family. If we change the course of a family - we create change in our community. If we create change in our communities - we can eventually change the cities, the states, and the nation." It is Moore's desire to be the catalyst for change in this matter.


Moore states that "In His Presence Ministries" seeks to educate and train the Church to reach out to their Christian sisters as they exit the prison gate, through their "Meet Her at the Gate" program. She gives sobering statistics, indicating that nearly 115,800 women are in state or federal prisons alone, more than 7% of the total U.S. prison population of over 1.6 million.


The "Meet Her at the Gate" program involves forming a Post-Prison Ministry committee that will include one or more mentors for the ex-prisoners and a Church liaison. These individuals will work more closely with the ex-prisoner (or "Christian Neighbor" as he or she is referred to). The whole congregation, however, accepts the responsibility of welcoming and loving the Christian neighbor, and the program begins before the prisoner's release. The committee works with "In His Presence Ministries" to select a Christian neighbor and, once selected, the committee and church members begin correspondence. In His Presence Ministries recommends visits as well, something Bethel A.M.E. Prison Ministry is already doing, if at all possible. When the prisoner is released, her primary mentor and others from the church meet her "at the gate" - literally. The committee will have arranged for all of the Christian neighbor's basic needs - housing, food, clothing, etc.


Moore believes that her program is an ideal way for an entire church and community to be involved in a ministry that is intense and life-changing for all involved, as it gives many in the church and community ways to be involved and welcomes the ex-prisoner into a nurturing environment where he or she is treated not as a project or a celebrity, but as a new fellow believer. Allison Moore is a perfect example and advocate of this; her transformation from formerly incarcerated inmate to advocate for released prisoners provides inspiration for all.

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Message of hope and redemption

Alison Moore is a great inspiration for all those women who are incarcerated and those women who are now released. Ex-felons need encouragement mose especially when they are first released because they face so many adversities which seem unsurmountable. But with Christ on their side they can overcome all the challenges they face as ex-felons.

My name is Kay Baker. I too was incarcerated for 9-1/2 years in the federal prison system. I wrote my story in my book "Sentenced to Life" to give encourgement to all those who are facing challenges in their lives that there is hope in Jesus. I am a member of several prison ministries in Northern Caifornia, In Los Angeles and also a member of Daughters of Destiny which is a nationwide prison ministry.

My book is available at, and on my website
My book will show how my faith and trust in the Lord turned my life around to where I am now.

I Was I Am

Allison's story is an inspiration. I am going to recommend this book to those in my church over the prison ministries. I know of another prison ministry similar to this one in San Diego, they also deal with victims of sex trafficking by providing "safe houses" for the women and girls taken back from the predators. My book Surrendered Balance Daily Living for the Modern Christian Woman is perfect for women reentering the life as a Christian because it offers ways to fit all the needed things into a busy life. For those not used to making time for the things of God that keeps us fruitful and poised for blessing and for those of us that are so busy that sometimes the important things get pushed aside for the urgent this is big help. Part two of the book is a weekly tracker of seven important things that help nurture the Christian life and it's coupled with a weekly devotional the gives insight and wisdom for daily living and staying in faith. You can get a copy at or or

Allison Moore's "I Was...I Iam"

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department contacted me yesterday in regard to the purchase price of Allison's book, and information on how to obtain the books. While we at Las Colinas Women's Detention facility in San Diego (Santee), the Captain of the facility indicated that he wanted to acquire some of the books for the inmates and their library. The Sheriff's Department also communicated to me that one of the inmates wanted to correspond with me, Rev. D, and Sylvia Love, as well as obtaining the mailing address of Allison. The Sheriff's Department communication further indicated to me that the inmates were moved to tears by Allison's message.

"Allison Moore has Landed"

Allison Moore was picked up last night at the San Diego Airport by the Secretary of the Bethel A.M.E. Prison Ministry, Debra Noble, and myself, on the start of her visit of her message of hope and redemption.

"Allison Moore's San Diego Visit"

Allison Moore, the author of "I Was...I Am," will arrive in our City tomorrow night, with her message of hope and redemption, at events sponsored by the San Diego County Urban League, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, and Bethel A.M.E. Prison Ministry.

Allison Moore's "I Was...I Am"

Allison Moore coming to San Diego from her home in Delaware can go a long way towards advocating for women's rights and their quality of life, particularly those formerly incarcerated.

"Indian Voices" Newspaper

The editor of Indian Voices, Rose Davis, indicated that she would be writing a story about Allison Moore's visit to San Diego in the next issue of the newspaper.