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HMCC Volunteer/Chaplaincy Programs

This is a grant supported through the Alaska Native Justice Center. This grant focuses on assisting women with services and continue the support upon release. The grant is specific with criminal history, number hours of class contact etc.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strengths, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; it is self supporting through its own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution. It does not wish to engage in any controversy; it neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Its primary purpose is for its members to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Worship services; Bible/religious studies; Devotional study/prayer times; Special music, drama, religious events; one-to-one mentoring; Pastoral care and counseling; Crisis intervention; Death notifications (to prisoners and their families); Hospital/medical visitation; Segregation visitation; Management of religious diversity issues; Management of volunteer screening, training, supervision; Religious literature distribution; Critical Incident Stress Management.

ARTS ON THE EDGE, a non-profit organization founded in 2003 under the direction of Pati Crofut and Janice Weiss. The women at HMCC currently have participants in all three levels of orchestra: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced String Orchestras. Fundraiser concerts are held at HMCC during the spring and winter/holidays. Concerts tickets are sold to support the general operating expenses of the String Orchestra for Incarcerated Women at HMCC.

Kairos Prison Ministry is an international program which conducts a highly structured lay program designed specifically for correctional institutions. Their mission is to bring Christ's love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and their families, and to assist the incarcerated in their transition to becoming productive citizens.

Learning to Live, Learning to Love is an educational program that deals with human development and is designed to help overcome experiences that have had an adverse impact in a prisoner's life. It covers areas such as the anger, life decisions, dealing with emotions, understanding what makes a healthy relationship and more.

Mary Magdalene Home Alaska, Inc. assists women committed to leaving a life of prostitution by surrounding them with a network of care to help them transform their lives spiritually, mentally and physically. Vision: The vision of MMHA is that no woman be involved in prostitution against her own wishes.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a twelve-step program of recovery from drug addition, modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It describes itself as a nonprofit "fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem." The program is group-oriented, and is based on the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions, adapted from AA.

Community volunteers from STAR (Stand Together Against Rape) educate inmates on the issues of sexual trauma and abuse. This is a ten week class and repeated 2X yearly.

Alaska's Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe, as part of the National Association of Women Judges, assembles each year an impressive group of community leaders, motivators, female judges (active & retired), physical fitness specialists, and HR managers. Seminars are conducted throughout the day by consultants and authorities on key transitional issues. The program was the pilot project for similar programs intended for use in other NAWJ jurisdictions.

UAA Nursing Students teach a Women's Health 2 - hour class as a Graduate Project. The classes include anything that has to do with women's health. Prenatal, STI, HIV, Hep. C, Menopause, Breast Self Exam etc.

Community volunteers come into a teach a three hour yoga class every week. The class is open to the general population at all times.

Community volunteers come in to teach a 2 hour class on diabetes and discuss risk factors, nutrition, and exercise.

Community volunteers from AWAIC ( Abused Women Aid In Crisis) educate inmates on the issues of domestic violence. This is an eight week class repeated twice yearly.

Community volunteers educate inmates on the issues of HIV, STI, and Healthy Relationships. This is a two hour class offered twice a year.

An AMERICORP volunteer provides one on one counseling and pre-release planning and support assisting prisoners with resume writing, housing applications, etc.