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Submitted by dan. on 2007-09-10 22:06.
Twelve inmates from the Boonville Correctional Center (BCC) will begin working in Boonville as a part of the Twelth Annual Boonslick Area Community Service Project (CSP) during the week of Sept 12. This project, which is sponsored by the National Organization of Prison Fellowship, will be conducted under the leadership of the Nelson Memorial United Methodist Men. Additionally, this year the church group is pleased to have student members from the Central Methodist University baseball team, under the leadership of Coach Fred Smith, working along side the CSP members.
This program is designed to encourage the men from the BCC as they approach their time of release, with emphasis on providing them tools for their integration back into their own communities throughout the state. It also serves as an opportunity for the men to repay society for the crimes they have committed. This project is an active part of the ongoing Department of Correction's Restorative Justice program.
During the week the men will be picked up at the BCC and will be served a home-cooked breakfast by volunteers from the community. This will be followed by a one hour time of devotions, presented by area pastors and lay persons. This time is designed to focus on the men, and their needs, with time for open and frank discussion.
The men will then move to the work site where they will commence work. At lunch they will be taken to local area churches in the community where they will have a time of fellowship and receive another home cooked meal. Once again this time will be used for fellowship and to encourage each of the CSP participants.
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