Thresholds of Chester County

Helping Prison Inmates make better Decisions

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We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill


Volunteers are the lifeblood of an organization. Thresholds volunteers bring community involvement to the prison by assisting inmates in making decisions to resolve situations in their lives in a constructive manner.

Volunteers are trained in the decisional model formulated by Mickey Burglass, and supported in their teaching sessions with the client/inmate. Training is done on a weekend workshop.

Skills needed as a volunteer are :

a caring about the client/inmate

an ability to be comfortable with new people

an ability to explain and present a message/ideas clearly

an ability to listen to the client/inmate and empathize with his/her situation

an ability to be non-judgmental

a desire to help another person succeed in their life

a willingness to bring the human element of caring to someone who is incarcerated

Threshold volunteers who have worked with the inmate discover :

how much the client is like a neighbor

the positive effect the teaching and contact have on the client

new insights about prison life, and about themselves in visiting there

What is involved :

A one day weekend training in the Thresholds Method

After training, a term of 6 to 8 weeks, a once a week session with a client, lasting 1 to 1 1/2 hours

Each session entails teaching and reviewing material with client to ensure their understanding

Veteran teachers and mentors are available to assist you in your work with client

If interested in learning more, contact us