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 Inmate LIFE Group celebrates 30yrs at ORW

Inmate LIFE Group celebrates 30yrs at ORW

The Ohio Reformatory for Women’s longest standing offender group celebrated it’s 30th year of serving the institutional and public communities.  The L.I.F.E. Group was started back in 1987 by offenders serving a Life sentence.  They found that the word “life” would symbolize them “Looking Inward for Excellence”.  In doing so, over the past 30 years they have found the best part of excellence would be reflected in them giving back, as much as possible.  These were not just words sounding good; they fully meant it and followed it up with an overwhelming call to action for community service hours completed; volunteer services provide along with monetary donations raised and donated for a grand total of $301,607.34 dollars to date.  Just to name a few, $27,200 to disaster relief funds (hurricane Katrina, Haiti); $24,841 Spillman & Koman races for the cure, breast cancer awareness; $14,785 domestic violence programs; $10,000 Ronald McDonald house; $9,627 to both Boy Scouts & Girls Scouts; $2,228. Wounded Warriors foundation; $6,515 Nationwide Children’s hospital; $5,000 to Hope Taft for the Hands of Hope Foundation.

The L.I.F.E. Group members are leading examples within the institutional community and continue to be positive role models and supportive mentors with each those serving significant time; to include reaching out to the new arrivals with the “Out-reach program” at reception, sharing best how to serve time in a positive and constructive way.  

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