Community Service Program Helps Inmates

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

John Harry has been volunteering at the Dale County Rescue Mission for about six months.

While it wasn't by choice, he says it's one of the best things that have happened to him.

John Harry, who was sentenced to community service, says, “If it hadn't of been for them I would probably be somewhere I didn't need to be like in jail or back in prison."

Harry is among a number of former inmates who are now serving their time through community service.

A deed Rhonda Medley with the Dale County Rescue Mission says is helping more than just the volunteers.

She says, "It helps us because we're shorthanded and they do jobs that we don't have time to go and do."

Community Service Coordinator Bill Brown says that's not the only benefit from the program.

Brown says large problem former inmates face is getting back into the real world, but having programs like these eases the transition.

He says, "It helps ease them back into the community and also to help people get comfortable with people that have been incarcerated and see that these are our neighbors, they are our brothers our sisters and husbands and wives and moms and dads."

For people like Harry, he's building a better life for himself in the future.

Harry says, "When you stand up and you have people to say you are doing a good that makes me feel good because I never had that before."

The program has been helping former inmates for the past four years.

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