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November 11, 2016

Chaplains Recognized for Outstanding Service

Reverend Nathan M. Hays, a chaplain at Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, MA was the recipient of the Chaplain of the Year Award, presented at the American Correctional Association's Congress of Corrections held in Boston August 5-10.

As a prison chaplain at the Old Colony Correctional Center, Reverend Hays is dedicated to pioneering efforts in religious education and affording the men opportunities they would not otherwise have. He is highly committed to promoting participation in prison ministry by the local churches in supporting men as they transition back to their communities.

Chaplain Hays prays with an inmate who has served 40 years of a life sentence and came to Christ just six years ago. He's now the chapel clerk.
The Pilgrims in Progress discipleship group at the Old Colony Correctional Center just completed a study through John Bunyan's classic work, Pilgrim's Progress. 

Mark Fahringer, administrator of the 49-9 Program and field representative for the Salvation Army's service unit in Oberlin, Oberlin, OH was the recipient of the National Award for Excellence in Corrections. In these capacities he is responsible for all client assistance provided through Salvation Army programs and services. 

The 49-9 Program, with the goal of helping individuals make a successful transition from incarceration to society, draws on words from the prophet Isaiah for inspiration: "I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light.’ They will be my sheep, grazing in green pastures and on hills that were previously bare" (49:9). The program covers essential skill training such as resume writing, clothing and food assistance, emotional and spiritual literacy education, life skills classes, computer job searches, birth certificate and driver license assistance, banking assistance and referral to substance abuse rehabilitation. 

Mark Fahringer displays a large, airbrushed copy of The 49-9 Project logo that was presented as a sign of appreciation by the inmates at the Grafton Correctional Institution in Grafton, OH.


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