Founder

Elaine Voigt, Founder, Executive Director

In 1995 Elaine Voigt’s son was convicted of a felony. He served a total of 11 years in the prison system, entering at the tender age of 16. During visits with her son, Elaine became aware that there was no support for those leaving prison or their families, so she began to create it.

First was a support group for friends, family and relatives of those doing time—because that’s what she needed. Friends and Family of Prison Inmates (FAFPI) was born from Elaine’s personal need to share the issues and pain of her son’s incarceration with others who had gone down the same road. My Journey Home was born.

She had developed additional programs, including a peer-to-peer support group for the formerly incarcerated, a support group for the children of inmates, and a community outreach program to keep at-risk kids out of prison. Under Elaine’s guidance, MJH now provides transitional housing, job search and placement services, computer training and advocacy services.

Elaine's experience as a mother, a criminal defense paralegal, and a case worker at the Northern Nevada Veterans Resource Center has all led her to this role, serving former offenders and offering them a path back to society.