Sarah Surdam and Mary Alonzo wash dishes in the kitchen of the First Step House, a project of the United Methodist Community House in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The First Step House provides transition housing for women coming out of prostitution, recovering from substance abuse, or returning from prison. Alonzo, a former prostitute who has spent time in prison, is the resident house manager. Surdam, who has battled depression, substance abuse and spent time in prison, is a resident and the assistant house manager. The UMCH has long been supported by United Methodist Women.