We are delighted to welcome one of the newest members of our team Pam Pyles-Walker! It’s only been a short time, but with her big smile and bright personality we already know we’re going to love her 🙂

Read the interview below to get to know her a little bit more. If you would like to talk to Pam about helping women transition out of incarceration, or need help yourself, you can reach her at [email protected] or 202-503-1531.

Pamela Pyles-WalkerWhat made you interested in helping women transition out of incarceration?

My eyes were opened to the needs of the returning citizens when working in workforce development.  Many of my clients were unemployed and/or homeless as a result of a criminal history.  I felt it was important to provide support to those who had done everything the criminal justice system had asked of them and had returned home to restart their lives.  They need to have the opportunity to be able to provide the emotional and financial contributions to their families.

How did you hear about Thrive DC?

I discovered Thrive DC in my search to identify the reentry programs in the DMV.  Thrive DC had an impactful presence in every website I visited, in most cases, as a partner.

What makes Thrive DC different than other homeless programs?

The thing that makes Thrive DC different is the atmosphere.  It only takes short period to recognize the connection that staff makes with the clients but it also evident with the staff.  They make sure to take care of each other so that they can continue to take care of clients.

What do you see as the biggest need among women coming out of incarceration?

I am still pretty new; however, it seems that acknowledgement is extremely important.  It is important to make them know they are visible.  We see them.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about cooking (eating) but mostly laughter.  It is essential in my life.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Well it doesn’t say just one…bacon, country ham, biscuits and crepes maybe not together.

What’s a cool and interesting fact about yourself?

My interesting fact is that I once took a class for puppeteers.