Transitioning women’s stories

From a mess into a message

About Total Life Recovery

Our Vision

Society says to change a woman, you must first change her behavior. The Total Life Recovery Program believes in first changing the heart. Our mission is to provide a stable and safe community environment where women are allowed the freedom to rebuild their lives based on a spiritual perspective of hope, accountability, personal responsibility, honesty and integrity.

TLR is committed to providing a setting that will result in inner piece, growth and outward manifestations of self-control, effective communication, consideration of others’ needs and the formation of new, positive habit patterns.

Our History

In 2003, The Total Life Recovery Program became the first and only multi faith based treatment program of its kind in the state of Hawaii. Marian Sugi, Deputy Director at the time, had heard of the positive effects of faith-based programming and wanted to know if the development of a faith-based program was possible. Ms. Sugi also had the vision and understanding that you could not cookie cut everyone into the same program. The program was written and presented to the Attorney General’s office where it was cleared and then signed off on by the Department of Public Safety and then Director Ted Saki.

During the process of developing the TLR, Chaplain Bonnie conducted research with Federal Program Director Sister Van Baalan of the faith-based initiative in Washington, DC. TLR is patterned after the Federal multi-faith-based initiatives now operating in Federal/state prisons throughout the country. This initiative afforded offenders the legal opportunity to participate in faith-based programs. Faith based does not mean inferior, in any sense of the word.

Since its inception, TLR has received national recognition by invitation to present at the biannual National Juvenile and Female Offender Conference in October 2009 and 2011. We have had visits from other states and program directors to observe our program.

TLR statistics demonstrate a 78% success rate for those women released, who have completed the program. According to ICIS Research Analyst, Timothy Wong, Hawaii’s female recidivism rate is 45.8%” (State of Hawaii, FY 2007 Cohort-2010 Recidivism Update, February 2011). The program has continued to expand, develop and continually use the latest research in program development with Genesis Process training provided by Dr. Patricia Fancher.

Chaplain Bonnie Holcombe

Bonnie is a licensed ordained minister and has been in the ministry for the past 40 years. She currently serves as President of Fishnet Ministries International.

In 1987, Bonnie came to Hawaii with her late husband, Bishop/Chaplain Gary Holcombe. Together, they trained leaders and organized new churches throughout American/Western Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji and Hawaii.

She has conducted retreats, children’s revivals and is a speaker for local, state, national and international conferences. Bonnie is part of the State planning team dedicated to developing transitional faith based housing for women returning back to society.

In 2003, Bonnie founded the Total Life Recovery Program and became the facility chaplain for the Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua, Hawaii. In 2010, Bonnie was invited to present the program at a national level at the National Juvenile and Female Offender Conference in Jackson, Mississippi. She later received the Jefferson Award recipient for her work with incarcerated women.

She feels her greatest honor and gift from the Lord is the privilege she has to provide the pastoral presence for the staff and three hundred women incarcerated in the state’s only women’s prison.

Chaplain Tammy Turcios

Tammy has been with the Total Life Recovery Program since its inception. She initially joined the team in 2003 as a painting instructor to teach “one stroke painting” to the first group of participants. She later received training in the Genesis Process to become a Genesis counselor. Through the years, she has continued ongoing Genesis training and now assists in training new counselors.

For the past ten years, Tammy has been a member of Windward New Hope where she serves as the Prison Ministry Coordinator. She also serves on the Baptism, Communion and Inspire Sunday Service teams.

In February 2008, Tammy was appointed as a state chaplain serving at the Women’s Community Correctional Center. In 2011, she became the TLR Program Director. She continues to bring her unique dedication and pastoral presence to the offenders, staff and families.

In her ongoing pursuit for excellence, she has been trained in Crises Intervention, Trauma Informed Care, Therapeutic Communities and Level of Service Inventory.

Tammy is also pursuing her degree from Wheaton College in their Chaplaincy Credentialing Program.

Our Teachers

Our accredited teachers at TLR come from all walks of life with different passions and different professions. From arts and science to agriculture, business and fitness, each of our teachers design instructional programs to guide and encourage participants to develop and fulfill their potential.

Our Counselors

Our counselors at TLR focus on prevention and work with participants individually and as a group to promote optimum mental health. They help each woman deal with her addiction, substance abuse and any issues from her past and are responsible for developing goals and objectives to help transition the women into permanent housing and reduce recidivism.

Our Volunteers

From coordinating events and assisting with public presentations to communicating our program’s mission to the community, our volunteers play an important role in helping TLR gain awareness and support.

back to top
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. Proverbs 31
Get Involved