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    #MakingADifference – Tammy Franklin - Volunteer

    #MakingADifference - Tammy Franklin - Prison Fellowship Academy Manager – Former Inmate https://youtu.be/arZ_WrrUOaE   Read More...

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    #MakingADifference - Volunteer to inmates: Don’t let the past define you

    More than 27,000 inmates are in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ custody. Of those, most struggle with drug and mental health problems. Often times, their struggles began at a young age. While all made bad choices that led to their incarceration, most grew up without any of the role models or stable family settings others take for granted. That’s part of what guides and motivates Carl Steiner, Oklahoma State Reformatory’s volunteer of the year and Bible study volunteer.&nbs...  Read More...

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    #MakingADifference – Christie Luther - ODOC volunteer changes lives one haircut at a time

    Christie Luther looks in the faces of the women she works with at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, and sees a lot of herself in there. One might not know to look at her, but Luther was once in their shoes in a very real sense. The former inmate was incarcerated from 2008 to 2012 at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center. “Society kind of failed me,” Luther says. “Family failed me. Relationships failed me.   Read More...

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    #MakingADifference - Ruth Boyd

    Oklahoma Department of Corrections volunteer Ruth Boyd says her love of helping inmates began with her father ages ago. Her father, James Garner, a government professor at what’s now known as Southern Nazarene University, held a regular Bible study at the Oklahoma County jail. The stories he would tell her, Boyd says, of the inmates at the facility enthralled her and her siblings. He passed on a love of service to her, and she’s been volunteering at Mabel Bassett Correction...  Read More...

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    #MakingADifference - Cheri Fuller

    Cheri Fuller, executive director of the Oklahoma Messages Project, saw a statistic back in 2008 that caused her jaw to drop. The former high school and college-level English teacher came across an article on how women’s incarceration harms their children’s development in lasting ways. Research shows maternal incarceration can harm children’s well-being, ChildTrends.org reports. Most female inmates are mothers, and their children can show anxiety, depression, and behavioral problems.&nb...  Read More...

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    #MakingADifference - Ellen Stackable

    #MakingADifference - Ellen Stackable has spent 20 years in the classroom teaching English and writing to grade school students. In the past few years, she wanted to expand her reach to students behind bars. She, and up to 30 other volunteers, now spend time inside women’s prisons across Oklahoma teaching inmates how to express themselves through writing.   Read More...

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    #MakingADifference - Chief Michael Pettey

    Most Oklahoma Department of Corrections facilities are in rural parts of Oklahoma. Many of the people who work them also serve Oklahomans in a variety of other ways. One big way is volunteer firefighting. The state’s fifth-largest agency has hundreds of staff members who are volunteer firefighters, taking calls 24-7 on everything from helping injured motorists in car wrecks on rural highways to fighting wildfires in blistering heat. Chief Michael Pettey in Fort Supply is one of those.   Read More...

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