There was only one inmate at our prison meeting last night. My partner and I officially outnumbered her.
This was only my second prison meeting, but my partner has attended this meeting for a year and a half and said that meeting has struggled with attendance the whole time. If things do not improve, she will cancel the meeting.
My partner, who is the Al-Anon prison volunteer coordinator, thought that maybe it would help to turn the program there over to the inmates. We wouldn't run the meetings. We would just attend. It would give them a feeling of ownership.
With that in mind, she put together a folder and presented it to the one inmate who was there last night. She told the inmate she was in charge.
My partner asked the inmate if she expected to be there for a while. The inmate shook her head no. She was getting released in June.
This may be the shortest volunteer assignment I've ever had.
I've always said my God has a sense of humor. I'm sure more will be revealed.
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