September 2011 Newsletter

[two_third]Dear Friend of Thresholds,

Autumn is upon us and it has been back to school for Thresholds. We welcome Beverly Drakeford, Cynthia Bryant, and Chris Huber as newly trained Thresholds volunteers. We appreciate all volunteers, both new and veteran.

Speaking of our staunch friends over the years, be sure to read about Key Murray. Key’s history with Thresholds will help you understand the commitment of our volunteers. It is the dedication of volunteers that enables us to help those who have been incarcerated cross the threshold back into society.

We also send our thanks to Dick Bergesen, President of Thresholds in Chester County, and former treasurer for Thresholds in Delaware County. We appreciate Dick’s efforts in sharing ideas and resources for our common mission.

Hope to see you at the picnic!


Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Goldfarb

President of the Board of Directors of Thresholds in Delaware County

Teacher Feature

The “Key” to Success

1992 Volunteer of the Year Retires

Key Murray

After more than 30 years of active service teaching and administering the Thresholds message to prison inmates, volunteer teachers, and community organizations, Key Murray retires from SCI Chester.

Named the 1992 volunteer of the year by the PA Department of Corrections, Key first learned about Thresholds from a church notice board in West Chester when he lived in the Chadds Ford area.

In addition to teaching countless micro classes, he served as President of Mid-Atlantic Thresholds, served on the board of Thresholds in Delaware County, and helped at Volunteer Training weekends. He also brought the Thresholds teachings, modified for non-incarcerated individuals, to a women’s shelter in Wilmington, DE.

Key has been a Big Brother, and a teacher with the Reading Assist program in Wilmington, working with children with dyslexia. Through various types of volunteering Key Murray helped many people in many ways.

Now, with health concerns slowing him down, Key is retiring from teaching Thresholds at SCI Chester, but he remains active in other volunteer activities closer to his home in Wilmington DE. He intends to remain involved in Thresholds in whatever way he can.




Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Food, Fun, Conversation, Friendship–Bring the family!

Volunteers and Friends of Thresholds are invited to a Thresholds picnic this coming Saturday, October 1, 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM (or so), at Middletown Friends (Quaker) Meeting, N Middletown Rd, (Rt. 352 N) in Lima (From 352 side of Granite Run Mall, past Penn State campus, on right).

No need to bring anything, but if you would like to bring food or games to share, call or e-mail Tina: 610-690-0945, [email protected])


Hope to see you there!

About Us

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.

Contact Information:

Thresholds Office, P.O. Box 114, Thornton PA 19373


[email protected]


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