( ROCKVILLE) – The annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony was held at the Rockville Correctional Facility (RCF) to honor the more than 200 volunteers who come into the facility on a regular basis.
Nelson Mandela once stated, “There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return”, which describes the on-going efforts of these generous people.
Week after week these groups of volunteers selflessly give their time and attention to the incarcerated women of RCF. They bring a variety of services and knowledge that both complement and extend beyond the everyday programs provided by the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC). These volunteers add another dimension to the self-improvement opportunities made available to every offender. Opportunities such as diverse religious studies, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, skills for addressing grief and loss, and one-on-one discussions concerning anger management.
Opening remarks for the morning were made by Warden Julie Stout. The RCF Redeemed Choir led by volunteer choir director Ronna Bemis provided entertainment and inspiration. Rick Rosales, IDOC Community, and Mentor Engagement Director expressed his gratitude to the volunteers and presented an inside look at the immensity and importance of the IDOC volunteer program that is over 4,000 people strong. Gifts were presented and a heartfelt thank you extended to the volunteers by Community Engagement Coordinator Susie Martin.
Kairos Ministry’s volunteer, Sandy Glotzbach was the winner of the offender-made sunflower crocheted afghan with the morning culminating with a special brunch prepared by the offenders enrolled in the RCF food service programs.