Dear Friend of Thresholds,
I could hardly wait to share this story with you. Talk about a happy ending! Recently, Tina Stanton, Coordinator SCI-Chester; Board Member Lee Strickler; and I attended a panel discussion sponsored by Community Legal Services at Haverford College. The speakers includer a noted local civil rights and criminal attorney and an expert on restorative justice.
The featured speaker was Tyrone Werts, whose life sentence was commuted in December 2010, by then Governor Rendell. During the 36 years Mr. Werts was in Graterford, he decided to take advantage of opportunities available at the prison.
He graduated from Thresholds and became an instructor, and he participated in many other programs in the prison, even earning a college degree from Villanova University.
Today, Mr. Werts is a public relations consultant for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Temple University and the Philadelphia Public Offenders Association. He is living testament to “in-house” programs, like ours, that offer skills, hope, and compassion to incarcerated community members.
Mary Ellen Goldfarb
President, Board of Directors, Thresholds in Delaware County
Macro Training Session
Have you thought about teaching the “macro” group sessions that supplement and support the “micro” one-on-one sessions at SCI-Chester and George W. Hill Correctional Facility? Or maybe you would just like to learn more about what goes on in the group sessions.
Whatever your reasons, consider attending the Macro Training Session, Saturday morning, April 21, from 9-12 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 730 South New Street, West Chester PA. Contact Jerry Nowell at 620-558-3445 if you would like to attend.
Don’t Miss It! Reminder: Annual Dinner, Monday, April 16
We’ll miss you if you don’t attend! There is still time to reserve your spot at our annual dinner, which will be held at Anthony’s Restaurant, 499 State Road, Drexel Hill (behind Drexel Shopping Center). Our keynote speaker will give an inspirational talk about both sides of the threshold. Registration and cocktails, 6, dinner at 6:30. $25 per person. Send in the reply form that was mailed to you, or, if you didn’t receive an invitation or misplaced it, contact Program Manager Jerry Duffy at the office (info. below).
Thresholds in Delaware County is an organization of volunteers who teach decision-making skills in the State Correctional Institution, Chester; the George W. Hill Correctional Facility, Thornton; and the Juvenile Detention Center, Lima PA.
Would you like to volunteer to teach? Contribute time or money to support our efforts? Or just get more information about our program to return people to the community better able to make good decisions about their lives? Please contact us. And help us reach more people by forwarding our newsletter.
Thresholds Office, P.O. Box 114, Thornton PA 19373