Just Visiting: A Workshop on Jail Visiting

How do you volunteer at a house of corrections? What are the risks in helping prisoners keep their sanity and religious faith? What do you say to immigrants fighting deportation in a county jail? Why are people of color far more likely to go to jail than whites? 

Five experts will answer these and other questions on April 28 at a workshop on jail volunteering entitled, “Just Visiting.” The free program runs from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Concord. Co-sponsors are the NH Council of Churches and the Commission on Reconciliation of the NH Episcopal Diocese.

Nancy Fogarty of the American Friends Service Committee will sign up folks to visit immigrants at the Strafford County Jail. Many are incarcerated hundreds of miles from their families. 

Atty. Ron Abramson of Manchester represents clients fighting deportation. He will explain how to help these people too.

R.N. Van Winkler and Erica Nye of Cheshire County Jail, Kara Wyman of Merrimack County Jail, and Keith Gray and Tamara McGonagle of Belknap County Jail will recruit volunteers to work with men and women under similar stress. 

For information, contact Chris Dornin, 228-9610 or cldornin@aol.com.