Women hear SCI program

President Judith Champlin welcomed members and guests to the Nov. 18 meeting and luncheon of the Warren Woman’s Club.

Program chairman Sioux Cole introduced Marcy Huey, guidance counselor at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Forest. Huey, a Warren resident, previously taught social studies in the Warren County School District. She gave the club members an overview of her job as an educational guidance counselor for more than seven years at SCI Forest.

The Department of Corrections Mission Statement states that “The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections operates as one team, embraces diversity and commits to enhancing public safety. We are proud of our reputation as leaders in the correction field. Our mission is to reduce criminal behavior by providing individualized treatment and education to offenders, resulting in successful community reintegration through accountability and positive change.”

Huey works with individual inmates to plan their educational objectives. It is first determined if an inmate has a high school diploma. If not, the man is placed in the GED program. Once this basic objective is achieved, the inmate can go on to other forms of vocational education such as building custodial maintenance; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; business practices; auto technology; barber school; masonry; computer aided drafting; electricity; or construction building trades. College also is a possibility.

Ninety percent of inmates return to their homes and communities. Those who participate in educational programs are more likely to be successful after leaving prison. Providing guidance in the area of education, Huey helps inmates plan and complete their own personal educational objectives. Achieving these objectives improves self-esteem and gives the inmate a sense of purpose.

President Champlin thanked the speaker and thanked Nan Cashman and Pat Carlson for the autumn centerpieces and for arranging the lovely lunch provided by 3 C Catering.

The event, What’s New for the Holidays went very well thanks to club volunteers who, as usual, served on committees ranging from tickets and holiday decorations, to waiting on tables in the club dining room to mention just a few. Raffle tickets will be available through Dec. 13.

The Christmas Walk will be Dec. 6, with the garage sale in April and the fashion show in May.

The Warren Woman’s Club welcomes new members. For more information, call 723-5910. The group’s next luncheon and program will be Dec. 2.