Summit House, Greensboro,
Summit House was established in 1987 in Greensboro, North Carolina, under the name Guilford County Residential Day Center. Its name was changed to Summit House in 1989. Since then, Summit House has been established in Charlotte, Piedmont, and Raleigh. The initial effort at establishing an alternative to imprisonment for women was motivated by a group of community leaders in Greensboro who saw a crisis in what happens to children when their mothers are arrested and incarcerated (Chapple, Cox, and MacDonald-Furches, 1997a, 1997b). Greensboro citizens, in combination with the North Carolina legislature and judicial system, played an instrumental role in the establishment of the program (Helms, 1995).
Summit House's mission statement addresses many themes and factors identified in this book as pertaining to capacity enhancement: “The Summit House program strengthens the family by intervening in the lives of non-violent women offenders and their children. Comprehensive services are administered to the women and their children through the efforts of a public-private partnership in a highly structured and controlled envi-