Meet Alice Titley

By Leslie Moore

Meet Alice Titley

Ten years ago, Alice Titley moved to Myrtle Beach for a life of service to others. As a Chaplin and missionary, she is supported by friends and Victorious Christian Living, International. A retired educator, Alice moved here from California where she first taught public school and then in private Christian Montessori schools.

Alice met me at the door of a lovely older home that, from the outside, looks quite ordinary. Inside, however, is a different story. The cheerful décor was donated by Martha Murphy, owner of Dragonflies, and several other church groups. Upstairs, the bedrooms are set up dormitory style with two sets of bunk beds, and Alice hopes one day all beds will be full. This house is called Redemption House and is a safe haven for women who have been incarcerated in local jails and state prisons. A non-profit organization, Redemption House was opened last October and currently houses two women.

How did you get involved in prison ministry?

I have been teaching inmates in J. Reuben Long Detention Center for eight years and have been visiting and teaching at state prisons the past four years. I realized the need for follow-up support in finding a job, learning basic life skills, etc. Currently, a woman leaves with only the clothes and possessions she came in with and is often homeless and unemployed. Frequently, they end up back in jail. At Redemption House, residents are given a chance to get their life back together. I teach both our residents and inmates using S.A.L.T. life skills training material written and published by Victorious Christian Living International (www.vcli.org). One of our residents is currently attending Horry/Georgetown Technical College and plans to complete an Associate’s Degree. Our hope is for women to find a career path, not just a survival job, and become independent.

Redemption House has an executive board, consisting of five members, and an auxiliary board, made up mostly of pastors and churches. I visit local jails and prisons weekly and many of the women I work with really want to change their lives. I believe that quite a few are actually not guilty, but were caught in circumstances beyond their control.

Prospective residents must complete an application and interview with our board. We all must agree to work together, and everyone helps in different ways. For example, one of our board members plans to teach crafts to our residents, and maybe even set up a cottage industry to generate income. If someone wants to change, we want to provide a way.

How can our readers help?

To get involved, please call me at 843-602-5073 or visit www.redemption-house.org. We need attorneys willing to help, and several of our residents need dental care. Volunteers are always needed in many capacities.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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