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Entertainment Felicity Huffman Is Helping Women Adjust to Life After Prison: She's 'Connected With Them'

17:32  06 december  2019
17:32  06 december  2019 Source:   people.com

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“She has connected with them in a real way and you can feel it. I think that is because they know she ’ s experienced in a small way what they have gone through being incarcerated.” RELATED: Felicity Huffman Is All Smiles After Doing Community Service Following Thanksgiving.

Felicity Huffman Statement. Huffman accepted full responsibility for her actions and accepted the court' s decision "I can promise you that in the months and years to come that I will try and live a more honest life , serve as a better role model for my daughters and family and continue to contribute

When Felicity Huffman was given 250 community service hours as part of her sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal, she took the court mandate to heart.

a group of people standing in front of a truck: Felicity Huffman performing community service at A New Way of Life© Provided by Meredith Corporation Felicity Huffman performing community service at A New Way of Life

Already an active volunteer for numerous charities long before the legal trouble, Huffman looked to add a new meaningful venture.

She landed on A New Way of Life, a Los Angeles-based organization that helps formerly incarcerated women safely re-enter their community, find housing and jobs, and become productive, thriving members of society. Founded in 1998 by Susan Burton, herself a former inmate and recovered addict, the ever-growing organization has helped thousands of women and their children in big and small ways find safety, support and skills as they transition from prison life.

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Felicity Huffman will spend 14 days in prison for her role in what authorities have called the Actress Felicity Huffman , escorted by her husband William H. Macy Only one other person connected to the case has been sentenced: Former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer, who served no jail time.

After she was caught up in the college admission scandal, actress Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty After she admitted that she paid an SAT administrator ,000 to adjust her daughter' s score, she She loved the women there and bonded with them . When she left she felt guilty leaving them behind."

Huffman, 56, who served 11 days at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California before her release on Oct. 25, dove into the volunteer work at A New Way of Life almost immediately, and has been warmly welcomed.

“Felicity is a such a down to earth genuine caring person [and] she’s been very helpful and supportive to the women here,” Burton tells PEOPLE.

“She has connected with them in a real way and you can feel it. I think that is because they know she’s experienced in a small way what they have gone through being incarcerated.”

In recent days, Huffman has been helping the group prepare for their upcoming gala, being held in downtown L.A. on Dec. 8. “Felicity has been helping the women pick out dresses for the gala this Sunday [and] she’ll be helping us set up the event,” says Burton.

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(CNN) Now that Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for her role in a massive college admissions scam, attention has turned to More than a dozen of them have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, like Huffman . Huffman , along with the actress Lori Loughlin, was among

After receiving her sentence, which also included a ,000 fine, 250 hours of community service, plus supervised release for a full year after serving, a source close to Huffman ’ s team told PEOPLE she felt “humbled.” “The sentence Felicity received is not about a victory or a defeat.

What’s more, adds Burton, “She’s been cooking for the women, cleaning the homes, shopping and answering the phone. We love having her here.”

In May, Huffman pleaded guilty to paying disgraced admissions consultant Rick Singer $15,000 to have a proctor change daughter Sophia’s SAT answers after she took the test. As part of her sentence, Huffman was ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and serve 250 hours of community service and a year of supervised release.

In addition to A New Way of Life, Huffman has been doing community service work at the Teen Project, a local rehab center for girls who have lived on the streets and who are trying to earn their GEDs. She and her daughter Georgia, 17, had been tutoring and volunteering at the center for almost two years before Huffman’s sentence.

a person standing next to a bus stop: Felicity Huffman serving her community service with A New Way of Life | Courtesy A New Way of Life© Courtesy A New Way of Life Felicity Huffman serving her community service with A New Way of Life | Courtesy A New Way of Life

While Burton is grateful for Huffman’s hands-on support, she is also eager to share A New Way of Life’s work with a broad audience. “I hope your readers will visit our site and support our work,” she says.

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She described the conversation she had with her daughter when the scheme was revealed. Huffman said her daughter asked, “I don’t know who you are Actress Felicity Huffman stood before the judge this afternoon in Boston and read from a paper, saying, “I am sorry to you.” She went on to apologize

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Raised in South L.A., Burton endured six prison terms before being steered by a friend to a substance abuse treatment center in Santa Monica, California. She had survived a childhood filled with abuse but spiraled into addiction after her five-year-old son was run over and killed.

In 1997, she began turning her life around and the next year, opened a three-bedroom safe home in the South LA neighborhood of Watts to help other women find their footing after being released from prison.

With A New Way of Life, Burton has been giving back ever since.

To learn more about A New Way of Life and Susan Burton’s amazing story, visit http://anewwayoflife.org. For information about the Dec. 8 Gala, visit https://secure.givelively.org/event/a-new-way-of-life-reentry-project/2019-gala.

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