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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
CARLISLE - The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF) said “Thank You” to its volunteers, community service providers and interns during the 19th Annual Program Volunteers Recognition Banquet.
Community Services Director Breanna Trimble said community support is vital to the operation of facility offender programs. Over 300 area residents gave of their time and skills over the past year to help offenders, assisting in the re-entry process as they prepare to return to their home communities. Volunteers average over 1,800 hours of service per month!
Ms. Trimble said without volunteers, programming in such areas as Religion, Programs, Re-Entry and Substance Abuse would be extremely difficult to provide.
Guest speakers for the event were Misty Wallace and Keith Blackburn. Misty Wallace was just 18 when she was shot in the face by then 17 year old Keith Blackburn during a Marion County carjacking in October 1982. They shared with the volunteers their remarkable story of redemption and forgiveness.
The volunteer recognition program will also pay tribute to long time WVCF volunteer Thelma Stewart of Greene County. She helped launch the now nationally recognized Purposeful Living Units Serve (PLUS) quilting program dating back to 2005, when the community service, faith and character based unit opened. Ms Stewart will be honored with the presentation of the first ever Golden Award.
Other 2016 Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Outstanding Community Service Award Winners include:
Outstanding Service Award
Lindsay Owens/Knox County
Substance Abuse Program
Nancy Hazelman/Knox County
P.L.U.S. (Purposeful Living Units Serve) Program
David Lefler/Vanderburgh County
ACT ( Actions, Consequences, Treatment) Program
Mike Freeman and Dan Ashby/Vanderburgh County
Healthy Families Program
John & Aggie Burris/Sullivan County
TUMI (The Urban Ministry Institute) Program
Wes McDonald/Dubois County
Religious Services Program/Individual
Steve Barron/Vanderburgh County
Religious Services Program/Group
Lighthouse Recovery Center /Pike County
Special Thanks for Program Assistance
Brittany Kirton/Sullivan County
“Volunteers take the time to listen, mentor, teach and encourage offenders to reach their full potential, both while incarcerated and after their release, “added Trimble, She noted the maximum-security facility has been recognizing the diligence of its volunteers since 1997.
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News Writer: Lucy Perry