Monday, February 1, 2010

Cell mates

The Al-Anon prison coordinator called me last night. She was trying to decide where to put the new kids.

Sounds like there are teams of volunteers who go into various units at various times. The units are at various levels from minimum to maximum security. One team has been going twice a month to a minimum security facility, on the first and third Monday nights. They'd like to cut back to once a month.

So the coordinator was hoping that two of us new kids would take one of those weeks. We'd go with the first team for several weeks, then take over that night.

The existing team is a very nice pair of ladies named Barbara. Yes. Both of them. Their first names are Barbara. Their middle names are Jean. Honestly. One of them is maybe 80, the other is probably in her 50s. So they go by Barbara Sr. and Barbara Jr.

The two Barbaras are delightful, and have been conducting this meeting for eight years or more. So they should be wonderful to learn from.

I'm looking forward to it.

I'm told the meeting generally draws 12 to 15 inmates. Sometimes as many as 25. I hear it's a good meeting.

I may be able to start as early as February 15th, if they pick the third Monday, and if all my clearances come in by then. But I'll have to wait and see.


  1. Congrats! Can't wait to hear all about it!!

  2. Keep us updating. (hugs). This is a wonderful way to give service.

  3. This will be a blessing to you as well as to those you serve.


  4. Whoo Hoo You are almost there. I know you will be great because you are strong and you make sense.

  5. This is progress :) Great news! Keep us posted. Your plan for service is very inspiring. God bless.

  6. Kathy,
    That's great....Can't wait to hear about all your adventures with Barbara Sr and Barbara Jr.


  7. Ah...those slowly turning wheels finally got a move on!!

    I know you'll find this to be a really rewarding experience Kathy...sharing experience and hope...xoxoxo

  8. Kath, this is great. Interesting to see the next step with the Barbs. This is an awesome adventure for you. Blessings to you dear one.

  9. It's amazing how unplanned events can change a life. I really get refreshed reading about people who work to turn a negative into a positive. Pat yourself on the back each morning.

  10. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

    As for Barbaras - I think I am the youngest one on the planet. I have never met a Barbara younger than me. Not to say I am young! I am just at the tail end of that name being popular.