On October 7, 2011, H.R.H. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands officially opened a new location for Exodus House in Alkmaar. Arriving in the early morning the princess was greeted by the mayor and other local dignitaries. After officially opening the new Exodus House location Princess Maxima spoke with the residents of the house along with the staff for some time.
In case you were wondering what exactly is Exodus House, well, it is a program that provides much-needed shelter as well as aftercare for former prisoners and detainees in the final phase of their sentence. Exodus House also provides professional mentoring, prepares the residents for independent living as well as other social assistance. Currently there are over eleven shelters in the Netherlands.
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