Parent Day at OCC

ovc-002Parent Day at Orange Correctional Center began with growing excitement, a bit of nervousness, and 30 pumpkins. It came to a close with those same pumpkins showing the creative talents of kids and their fathers, smiles and tears, and our tradition of going around the room and asking everyone – children, fathers, volunteers, and staff – to share what they liked best about the day.

The four hours in between were filled with board games, corn hole toss (with pretty intense competition, as usual!), family pictures, pumpkin decorating, a book display that kids could pick books from, read with their fathers and take home, lunch prepared by the prison’s cook school, talk, laughter, and together time.

dscn0816Thanks to Our Children’s Place for organizing the day, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough for hosting the caregivers, Chapel Hill Restaurant Group for donating rolls for lunch, and Trader Joe’s in Chapel Hill for donating pumpkins. We were excited to learn that the pumpkins won second place in the Coastal Horizons Center’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Of course, Parent Day could not happen without the dedicated team of volunteers who lend their time and talents and the OCC staff members who provide needed support!

–reported by Melissa W. Radcliff, Program Director for Our Children’s Place

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OCC canned food drive

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have partnered with Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry to collect canned goods for families in North Carolina who were affected by Hurricane Matthew. We invite all friends of AOPM to support this important cause. We will be collecting donations from October 28-November 15, 2016. A donation box will be located in the Peace Center at Orange Correctional Center, or you can contact Chaplain Love to arrange a drop off  – (919) 732-9301 or chaplainjlove@gmail.com.
Thank you for your support!
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Volunteer and sponsor training

Volunteers and sponsors are such an important part of what we do at AOPM. Volunteers are involved with programming onsite at Orange Correctional Center, while sponsors are able to take men from OCC out into the community. If you would like to become an on-site volunteer or a sponsor at OCC, the next volunteer training will be held in March 2017.

To sign up for this training please email Chaplain Love at chaplainjlove@gmail.com with your name, email, phone number, and address. Please specify whether your interested in being a sponsor or an on-site volunteer. Thanks to all the wonderful contributors to the work of AOPM!

 

 

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Get Your Pecans and Stew!

12829035_246917352310484_559537445145894449_oIt’s that time of the year again! Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry is having its annual pecan and Brunswick stew sale. This fundraiser is AOPM’s main source of funding, and all proceeds go toward supporting our full-time chaplain and putting on programming for the men at Orange Correctional Center.

Stew is $8.00 per quart (and can be frozen), and the shelled pecans are $13.00/lb. Both are delicious, and make great gifts. If you are interested in purchasing either to support the mission of AOPM, please fill out this order form and mail it in, or contact us via phone or email.

Orders are due November 4. Pecans and stew can be picked up on Saturday, November 19 at 9am at the Peace Center.

Thank you for your support!

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Clothing donations needed

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-7-49-25-amMany of the men here at Orange Correctional Center regularly travel outside of the facility. Some are on work release, while others go out with volunteer sponsors. Either way, the men appreciate having access to clothing that allows them to better fit into the surrounding community.

Because many of the men here do not have easy access to good quality street clothes, we welcome clothing donations. We are especially in need of jeans and khaki pants (size 38 and up) and polo and button-down style shirts (size XL and up). We can accept new clothing or pieces that are gently used.

If you or your church would like to make a clothing donation or if you have any questions, please contact Chaplain Jerry Love at chaplainjlove@gmail.com. Thank you for your support of AOPM!

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Ministry Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As chaplain at Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry, I see everyday how local churches help us fulfill our mission to give spiritual support to the men at Orange Correctional Center. From providing financial contributions, helping us host events, or sending us wonderful volunteers, churches are such an important part of who we are – we simply couldn’t do it without them.

It would take me many more pages to list all the specific ways that churches help AOPM in its work, but I’d like to tell you about one recent time when a local church has blessed us. Just a few weeks ago I received a call from a member of Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill. Our Ready Singers choir (made up of several men from here at OCC) was in need of some new musical instruments, and Holy Family wanted to help out. The church provided the funds for AOPM to purchase a new keyboard and drum set for the choir. The Ready Singers have never sounded better!

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The praise songs that our choir plays on these instruments are audible signs of how God is at work at OCC and how the men incarcerated here are being empowered to use their own gifts and abilities in service to God’s kingdom.

Whether or not your church partners with AOPM, we still would love your individual support. I invite you to consider a financial gift of $50, $100, or $200. Every donation directly impacts our ministry and is a blessing to the men here at OCC. You can send your financial gift to P.O. Box 9932 Chapel Hill, NC 27515.

Blessings,

Jerry Love, Chaplain

P.S. – in order to better communicate with our supporters, we are collecting email addresses. If you would like to receive communications from AOPM electronically, please provide us with your email address here.

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Ready Singers Update

The Ready Singers are the choir made up of residents here at Orange Correctional Center. They sing hymns and praise songs and frequently perform at our weekly Yokefellows gatherings and other prison events. They also sing at local churches and out in the community. If you are interested in catching the Ready Singers when they are in your neighborhood, please join us at one of their upcoming performances (see the calendar below). And though their schedule is filling up fast for the rest of the year, please contact Chaplain Love if you are interested in having the Ready Singers perform at your church.

  • August 21 – Universalist Church, Hillsborough, NC
  • September 11 – Swepsonville Baptist Church, Graham, NC
  • September 18 – Refuge Temple Church, Burlington, NC
  • September 25 – Community Baptist Church, Durham, NC
  • October 16 – Shady Hill Baptist, Roxboro, NC
  • October 23 – Antioch Baptist Church, Durham, NC
  • November 19 – First Calvary Baptist Church, Durham, NC
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