Larch Correctional Center (LCC), Yacolt, WA
An enthusiastic team of 7 men, led by Bob Liddle, from several CR groups in Vancouver & Camas are in their final stages of WA DOC volunteer training. LCC is a minimum security state prison located high above (1200 ft) Vancouver, WA & while the 40 minute drive from Vancouver or Camas is very scenic, there are plenty of reports of volunteers & staff getting stuck, even rolling their vehicles, during winter snows! LCC houses 480 men & has never had a CR program, they are very excited to see us coming in. Interestingly, arranging all the details with Oregon CRI Sr Rep, Kent Whitaker, Chaplain Bill Cardin made bringing this CR program happen his farewell accomplishment as he retired a week after conducting the preliminary training session for volunteers. Chaplain Cardin told Kent, “I’ve been hearing people talk about CR & bringing it here for 15 years & finally here you are! I’m very pleased you’ll be starting a Celebrate Recovery for the men here at Larch, they’ll sure will benefit from it.” Thank you Chaplain Bill Cardin!
Federal Corrections Institute (FCI Sheridan), Sheridan, OR
Chaplain Richard Kowalczyk met with Steven Hardgrove & Kent Whitaker on June 26th to discuss having a CR program at FCI Sheridan. He wants TWO! FCI Sheridan has a minimum security camp & a medium security prison so we will be forming teams for both. While this is a wonderful opportunity, Sheridan is a little off the beaten path & finding the manpower is definitely going to need God’s help. Of course, we all know that our Lord has everything in order so hopefully we can relax & prepare to bring a crew to the FCI training on October 11th! If you have interest, please contact Steven Hardgrove, Steven is the Worship Leader at Northside CR in Newberg, OR, his number is 503-550-6107. Or, contact Kent at 503-789-3756 with any questions.