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Thirty-one volunteers honored for work with inmates

| Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 8:50 p.m.

The state Department of Corrections last week recognized the contributions of 31 volunteers during the agency's annual banquet for those who helped to meet prison inmates' educational, health and spiritual needs.

"Volunteers provide valuable services to our inmates, services that the department otherwise would not be able to provide," said acting Corrections Secretary Shirley Moore Smeal. "Through their interaction, they help inmates better relate to society and experience personal growth and positive change."

Among the volunteers honored were:

• Simeon Hatcher has ministered to inmates in State Correctional Institution-Fayette for six years.

• John Spardo leads Narcotics Anonymous groups for inmates and began volunteering in SCI-Greene in 2008.

• George W. Wigfield has led the Prison Outreach Program in SCI-Greensburg since the early 1980s.

• Sharon Fox has led Bible studies in SCI-Laurel Highlands in Somerset County since 2005.

• George Hinson has directed the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program in SCI-Pine Grove, Indiana County, since 2001.

• Doris Lambert leads a grief and loss group for inmates in SCI-Somerset.

Volunteers were presented with an attache bag and a framed letter signed by Gov. Ed Rendell and Smeal, who served as keynote speaker at the banquet in Elizabethtown.

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