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The Other Side

A display of work created by students of The Other Side Academy during a series of workshops taught by Esther H. Candari and James Rees. Supplies were donated by Havenlight and Liz Lemon Swindle.

Proceeds from the sale of these pieces will be donated back to The Other Side.

May 5th - June 30th, 2023

The Other Side Academy is a training school in which students learn pro-social, vocational and life skills

allowing them to emerge with a healthy life on “the other side”. This program is available as an alternative

to those facing long-term incarceration as well as those seeking a change from the life they’ve chosen in the

past. Many of those who seek entrance into the Academy are convicts, substance abusers or homeless. This

school accepts men and women, both pre-and post-sentencing, who are ready to learn a new and better way

to live.

Personal behavioral change does not happen in a week, a month or even a year. Those seeking admission

into the Academy commit to attending for thirty months. Lasting change requires intensive on-site

education and practice. TOSA teaches students both fundamental personal management and relationship

skills such as keeping one’s promise, accountability, love, charity, and dependability. At The Other Side

Academy, students will awaken to their own value as they support their peers in finding theirs. They work

hard, have a good attitude, and watch out for the next person. The most lost among us are taught to have a

life free of addiction, crime and destruction.

In addition to learning self-governance, students work full time at one of our vocational training schools. We

are self-sustaining through these training schools. Through the process of taking back their lives students

learn marketing, business and trade skills.

Whether a student cooks, cleans the Academy, or runs the register at the Thrift Boutique, everyone

contributes as a part of the team.

The Other Side Academy is a place for change. If you or your loved one are looking for help to overcome a

destructive lifestyle, The Other Side Academy invites you to come to sit on the bench.

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