Nearly 50 volunteers attended the annual appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, October 10 at the Faith Activities Center at First Baptist Church. Inmate Services staff shared a video of inmates and Sheriff’s Office staff thanking the volunteers for their commitment and for the variety of services they provide. Volunteers deliver valuable programming like religious services and study, life skills training, sobriety support groups, tutoring for educational work and GED preparation, and other important areas that can help prepare inmates for successful reentry.
Kari Galloway, executive director of Friends of Guest House, served as the guest speaker and thanked the volunteers for their commitment. She explained the mission of Guest House which assists women who are returning to the community after incarceration. Guest House and the Sheriff’s Office are both members of the Alexandria Reentry Council.
As someone who found her own passion in working with former offenders, Ms. Galloway said she appreciates the work of volunteers at the jail who, like those who donate their time to Guest House, believe in giving people second chances. She added that the dedication of volunteers who expect nothing in return also sets an important example for the very people they are helping.
Ms. Galloway then joined Sheriff Dana Lawhorne in presenting certificates of appreciation and a small gift to each volunteer (above). In his closing remarks, Sheriff Lawhorne thanked the volunteers for their continued commitment. He noted that volunteering in a jail is not for everyone and that they are truly special for being so committed. He also recognized Chief Deputy Mavis Thomas, who is retiring in November, for her outstanding service to the Sheriff’s Office and to the people of Alexandria.
Those interested in volunteering with the Sheriff’s Office can learn more here.