I am happy to introduce Central’s new ministries and partnership with the VOA Re-entry program of Roseville. The VOA (Volunteers of America, Roseville) is an organization partnered through the DOC (Department of Corrections) and the state, for men and women who have spent some time in the state or federal prison system. Similar to the RS Eden house (men & women) the organization is designed help inmates who were paroled on restricted conditions for the sake of using necessary resources to help them regain their lives in society. For the last several weeks I’m been in discussion with Tracy Harrison, the director of the VOA, regarding Central’s willingness to accommodate their women & men’s programs through a small verity of different ministries. Following the lead of Barb Erickson, Donna Smith, Michele Hedberg, and Lori Larson, Central will soon be instituting a clothing program for VOA women’s and men’s program starting in late July. Work is currently underway to create a clothing area sizable enough to accommodate both programs in addition to adding a waiting lounge, equipped with a small library of quality books. Central’s prison outreach to the VOA also includes a Bible study conducted at the VOA on Tuesday evenings by a member of our Community Relations Committee, David Rhone, and a veteran of prison ministry, James Hendrickson. The men’s Bible study is designed to create mentoring opportunities for the men of the VOA, for the sake of disciplining men on their journey to recovery. Central will also be providing rides to the VOA men’s and women’s program for our Sunday morning worship service, as well as our fall & winter super supper and Wednesday ministries. It is in Central’s interest to help people coming through these programs by building relationships that foster mentoring, discipleship, support groups, and God’s unconditional love through the Body of Christ. Central’s mission of being a faithful presence includes men and women seeking full restoration through God’s inconceivable grace. Our partnership with the VOA (and RS Eden men’s) would not have been so easily conceived without the outstanding example of the on-going RS Eden women’s program pioneered through Donna Smith, Barb Erickson, and a long-time friend of Central’s – Char Veenstra. These women, over the course of the winter, have done a remarkable job of building relationships, providing resources, installing other volunteers, and dedicating their personal time, energy, and efforts, to accommodate the RS Eden women and thereby demonstrating God’s love and Grace through Central’s faith community. I would like to give a special thanks to all of those at Central who have invested their time in helping these ministries. I would also like to thank the Community Relations Committee for helping the process of this vision to become a reality. “Bring my soul out of prison, So that I may give thanks to Your name; The righteous will surround me, For You will deal bountifully with me.” --- Psalm 142:7
In God’s Peace.
Pastor Troy D. Wilson