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DPSCS Salutes Volunteers Who Help In Women’s Facilities honorees

Even with a budget of more than one billion dollars, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services could never hope to provide all the services and programs inmates need without the help of volunteers. From addictions counselors to quilters and stress management experts to re-entry professionals, volunteers are not only necessary; they’re absolutely critical.

In the case of female offenders, the needs are often even more dramatic than in the male institutions. This spring, DPSCS held a Volunteer Appreciation Event to thank the scores of civilians who come behind bars on their own time to help those who are willing to change achieve that goal.

DPSCS honored more than two dozen volunteers representing agencies as diverse as Narcotics Anonymous and the Circle of Friends Quilters. These dedicated men and women all provide services in either the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (Division of Correction); the Patuxent Institution (a treatment prison housing both male and female offenders); or the Baltimore City Women’s Detention Center (Division of Pretrial Detention and Services). Some of the honorees work in more than one of those facilities. The event did not include the many religious services volunteers; those folks are honored separately by the institutional chaplains.

Division of Correction Commissioner J. Michael Stouffer told the group how very much their services are appreciated---and how desperately they’re needed. Women’s prison warden Carroll Parrish, who holds a master’s in rehabilitation counseling among three degrees, lauded the group for believing in peoples’ ability to change and become productive citizens again.

The honorees were from the following organizations and programs:

Agape Church Center
Al-Anon Family Groups
honoreesAlcoholics Anonymous
Alternative Directions
Alternatives to Violence
Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center
Circle of Friends Quilters
College of Notre Dame of Maryland
Creative Movement
Creative Writing
Emotional Awareness
Girl Scouts of Central MD
Goodwill Industries
JHU Center for Social Concern
Living Classrooms
MCI-W College Degree Program
National Women’s Prison Project
Narcotics Anonymous
Power Inside
Psalms One Ministries
Raising an Individual’s Self-Esteem
Sisters Together and Reaching Storybook Project
Stress Management Consultants
Toastmasters District 18
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Weinberg Center
Yoga Center of Columbia