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“In response to all he has done for us, let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing goo d.�

Hebrews 10:24 (TLB)


Welcome to FCC’s Community service day!

I’m glad you’re considering a service project and I hope the suggestions gathered here will help your decision-making. If you don’t find a project that’s right for you or your small group, feel free to address some other need you’ve been concerned about. If you’re not in a small group but want to participate in a service project, just contact the leader of the project you’re interested in. The main idea is that we serve God by serving others and we can do it better together.

Thanks for sharing your time and talent,

Maureen

Maureen Smith Missions and Community Service Director 978.475.6888 aezsmith@verizon.net


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table of contents

Selecting a Service Project.................................................................................6

COMMUNITY service projects: Andover Conservation Land: Meadow Clearing Project.....................................7 A Better Chance House: Home Repairs.............................................................7 Alpha Cooking Teams.......................................................................................8 Bread and Roses: Dining Room/Kitchen Cleaning...............................................8 Capernaum Place: Welcome Baskets.....................................................................8 Christmas Gifts for Children in Mexico..........................................................9 Cor Unum Meal Center: Dinner Team.............................................................9 Esperanza Academy: Painting Team................................................................10 Esperanza Academy: Wish List........................................................................10 Habitat for Humanity......................................................................................11 Hospice...........................................................................................................11 Ladder House..................................................................................................11 Lawrence Jail: Winter Clothing Collection for Men............................................12 Lazarus House: Packing Thanksgiving Dinners.................................................12 Lazarus House: Food Drive with Club 365.......................................................13 Neighbors in Need: Packing Thanksgiving Dinners.............................................13 Parish House....................................................................................................13 Pregnancy Care Center: Haverhill....................................................................13 Pregnancy Care Center: Mailing Project...........................................................14 Senior High Girls: Raking for Seniors.............................................................14 Serving Senior Adults......................................................................................14 West Middle School........................................................................................14

on-going service projects:

Bread and Roses...............................................................................................15 Community Giving Tree: Donate Baby/Children Items...................................15 Cor Unum Meal Center..................................................................................15 Daybreak Shelter and Lazarus House Breakfast Teams..................................15 Esperanza Academy.........................................................................................16 God’s Provisions Food Pantry..........................................................................16 Habitat for Humanity......................................................................................16 Hancock Court: Reading Program...................................................................16 Parish Partners: Nursing Home Outreach Opportunities.................................17 Pregnancy Care Center....................................................................................17 Tewksbury Community Pantry........................................................................17 This Old Church..............................................................................................18 Whole Foods and Stop & Shop Team...............................................................18 Women’s Prision Ministry................................................................................18 5


selecting a service project 1) Review the list of service projects and select one that is a good fit. If you’re in a small group, this should be done at your meeting before November 4th. Most of the projects listed here have a limited capacity for volunteers so you should come up with one or two back-up choices. 2) Small groups should each pick one person to represent them as their Service Project Coordinator. The Coordinator must contact the Project Leader ASAP to determine if there is space available for your group. If your 1st choice project is at volunteer capacity, then your Coordinator should contact the Project Leader for your next choice. Once your group is matched with a service project, your Coordinator will report the details back to your small group. The Coordinator will be the liaison between your small group and the Project Leader. If you are not volunteering with a small group, you can contact a Project Leader directly.

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3) Attend Match Morning on Sunday, November 6th in the Rotunda or the North Andover lobby after Sunday service. This is when volunteers will be matched up with their projects. 4) Alternatively your small group can come up with a project on your own. This is very much encouraged as well, especially if your small group is passionate about a particular need that is not listed. Be creative and go for it! Please contact Maureen Smith at 978-475-6888 or aezsmith@verizon.net to share your project ideas. Perhaps another small group may want to support your effort!

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COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS andover conservation land: Meadow Clearing

The FCC team will work with Andover Conservation Commission volunteers cutting and stacking small sumac trees to clear a meadow. The meadow area is near Bald Hill – Wood Hill on High Plain Road (near the entrance of Bald Hill Composting Facility).

Project Leader: Ben MacDonald, 978.806.6472, bendmacdonald@gmail.com Location: Bald Hill, High Plain Road, Andover Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9:00am–12:00pm Supplies needed: work gloves, hand saws, loppers, snacks, water bottles. Good sturdy shoes!

Number of VOLUNTEERS: 15-20 people (Senior High guys and leaders) a better chance house in andover (ABC) was built on a simple idea: better educational opportunities lead to better lives. ABC in Andover is part of a national movement that started as an experiment in 1963, the height of the civil rights movement: Select academically talented children from the country’s roughest neighborhoods and move them at the ages of 13 and 14 into the nation’s finest public and private schools. Today the ABC program boasts over 11,000 alumni, including Governor Deval Patrick. For 40 years, Andover volunteers have supported inner-city students at the ABC house on Main Street while these scholars attend Andover High School. Learn more at www. abetterchance.org

On Nov. 19, FCC volunteers will take on minor home repairs and winterizing. Handy-people needed. All willing-workers welcome!

Project Leader: The McCarthys, 978.686.4626, Sandi.McCarthy@gmail.com Location: 134 Main Street, Andover Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9:30am–1:00pm Supplies needed: Tools (task specific), Snacks/Lunch Number of VOLUNTEERs: 10 people

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Alpha cooking teams Cooks for the current Alpha group are needed

for Tuesday evenings in October, November and early December. This project involves shopping, cooking, serving and clean-up for simple meals. Help is available for planning and carrying out this service. Any amount of time you give will be appreciated.

Project Leader: Amy Cook, 978.474.0258, aecooky@comcast.net Location: FCC Kitchen Date & timeframe: Dinner for a Tues. evening in Oct., Nov. and early Dec. Supplies needed: dinner for 60 people Number of VOLUNTEERs: 1-8 people BREAD AND ROSES FCC volunteers will be cleaning the dining room and

kitchen at this Lawrence soup kitchen. Bread and Roses provides meals for people who are homeless or families just having a hard time making ends meet each month.

Project Leader: Jennifer Pollina, 978.687.1063, japollina@yahoo.com Location: 58 Newbury Street, Lawrence, MA Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9:00am-12:00pm Number of VOLUNTEERs: 10 people CAPERNAUM PLACE: Welcome Baskets

Life in a homeless shelter is transient by nature; an average stay is five months while the waiting period for affordable housing is many years. Capernaum Place is the Lazarus House Transitional Housing Program in Lawrence. It is the step between homelessness and a permanent home - a place of transition where one can live securely and privately in an apartment while building skills and saving money for permanent, independent housing. This program is open to families that meet the federal definition of poverty. At Capernaum Place, each guest agrees to participate in education and life skills programs such as budgeting, nutrition, time management, self-esteem, positive decision making and other critical personal issues. Lazarus House has asked FCC to donate Welcome Baskets full of basic household items needed for a family’s new apartment. Although the apartments are furnished, most families at Capernaum Place arrive with just clothing and little else. Contact Maureen if you or your small group would like to donate a Welcome Basket and help a family with a fresh start. Continued on next page... keep checking the bulletin and website for updates on project details 8


CAPERNAUM PLACE Continued... Welcome Basket (Please donate new items) Kitchen waste basket Small waste basket (bathroom) Toaster oven Telephone (basic phone) Coffee Maker (12 cup size) Laundry Detergent Fabric Softener Dishwashing Detergent Brush (to wash dishes & pots)

Cutting Board Plug-In Air Freshener Liquid Hand Soap Garbage Bags Plastic silverware tray Dish Towels Pot holders Table Cloth (small rectangle) A treat (cookies or candy)

Project Leader: Maureen Smith, 978.475.6888, aezsmith@verizon.net DUE DATE: Friday, November 18th CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR CHILDREN IN MEXICO

Our missionary partner Harvest Hands in Juarez, Mexico has asked FCC to donate Christmas Shoe Box Gifts to children at Resplandor de Vida children’s home, a Christian school, and several churches in their area. These shoe boxes are given in the name of Jesus and bless a needy child with gifts such as socks, school supplies, personal care items, Spanish books or a small toy. Please contact Kathy Shannon for guidelines to fill a gift box. Learn more about Harvest Hands at www.harvesthandsministries.org

PROJECT LEADER: Kathy Shannon, 978.475.0700, kshannon@freechristian.org Date: Boxes Due November 27th, 2011 Cor Unum Meal Center

In Lawrence, many thousands of people suffer from hunger. At Cor Unum, every day they work to eliminate hunger. Their volunteers welcome and serve all who are in need with the utmost dignity, love, and respect. Learn more at www.corunummealcenter.org FCC volunteers will be cooking and serving dinner on Saturday, Nov. 12. Great family project (children older than 5th grade with adult supervision). Cooks are needed between 1:30–4:00pm to prepare dinner. If you can help, Contact Bob Kinsman at bkinsman@comcast.net or 978-382-0016 Continued on next page...

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Cor Unum Meal Center Continued... Dining room volunteers needed between 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Contact Maureen at 978-475-6888 or aezsmith@verizon.net

Location: Cor Unum Meal Center, 118 So. Broadway, Lawrence Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 12 Number of VOLUNTEERs: 20 people Esperanza Academy: Painting Team

Esperanza Academy in Lawrence is a tuition-free middle school for economically disadvantaged girls. The school creates an enriched academic and social environment that fosters individual success and community commitment. To learn more visit www.EsperanzaAcademy.org FCC volunteers will be painting hallways at the school on Saturday, Nov. 19th.

Project Leader: Dennis Pineault, 978.470.2738, dpine109@gmail.com Location: 172 Garden Street, Lawrence Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9:00am-1:00pm Number of VOLUNTEERs: 10 people Esperanza Academy: Wish List

The tuition-free school is completely dependent on donations. If you want to provide items on their wish list, contact www.EsperanzaAcademy.org Wish List:

Copy Paper

BJ’s Gift Cards

Staples Gift Card

Dry erase markers and erasers

Barnes and Nobles Gift Card

Paper towels

Market Basket Gift Cards

Dawn dish detergent

Post-It Notes

Project Leader: Maureen Smith, 978.475.6888, aezsmith@verizon.net

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Habitat for Humanity: Home Construction in Lawrence

Help a family build their home! Bob Neil coordinates FCC volunteers (adults only) one Saturday per month to work on new homes that are under construction in Lawrence. Tasks may include installing windows, framing and decking porches, framing interior walls, roofing, or siding. Some experience doing repairs around your own home is useful but the Habitat people can quickly teach you what you need to know.

Project Leader: Bob Neil, 978.621.0655, bneil@broadcom.com Location: Lawrence Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17 from 8:30am-4:00pm Number of VOLUNTEERs: 10+ people Hospice: Coping with the Holidays for Kids

Merrimack Valley Hospice is offering a special program for children who have lost a loved one called “Coping with the Holidays for Kids” on Saturday, Nov. 12th. Volunteers would play with the children, serve food and help clean up. Other volunteer opportunities available as well. All volunteers must take a volunteer training program in order to qualify. Learn more at www.merrimackvalleyhospice.org

Project Leader: Sheryl Meehan, 978.552.4522 Location: Lawrence, MA Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 12 LADDER HOUSE PROJECT Ladder House in Lawrence is Essex County Sherriff ’s Department’s sober house for men recently released from jail. This is also the site of a New Brothers Fellowship Discipleship Group which builds men in Christ through bible study, prayer, and fellowship with the Body of Christ. This group is NBF‘s second “church hosted” discipleship group (FCC men are the host). These meetings provide open doors for men to connect to area churches and encourage them to be successful in society. On November 19th, FCC volunteers and Ladder House residents will paint a common meeting room and rake/clean-up the yard. Wanted items: sofa, club chairs, plastic stackable chairs, low-pile area rugs.

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LADDER HOUSE PROJECT Continued... Project Leader: Larry Lerman, l.lerman@comcast.net

Jack Willwerth, willwerthjack06@gmail.com, 978.390.8431 Location: 102 Oxford St. Lawrence, MA Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 19 from 1:00pm-5:00pm SUPPLIES NEEDED: work gloves, rakes, trash bags, paint brushes, ladders Number of VOLUNTEERs: 10+ people

Lawrence jail: Winter Clothing Collection for Men

Men at the Lawrence Correctional Alternative Center need warm clothing for the winter. The facility (aka The Farm near Rt. 495) does not provide winter clothing for inmates. Winter clothes will also be distributed at a halfway house in Lynn. There will be collection boxes in the Rotunda from November 6 -16th for the following gently-used laundered men’s winter clothing. NO hoods allowed. Sweatshirts Sweat Pants

Jeans Jackets

Flannel Shirts Gloves

Coats Socks

Project Leader: Maureen Smith, 978.475.6888, aezsmith@verizon.net Location: FCC Rotunda Date & timeframe: Nov. 6 - Nov. 16 Lazarus House Project: Packing Thanksgiving Dinners

The nine ministries of Lazarus House help people rebuild their families and move beyond poverty, out of crisis and into the mainstream. On Saturdays Nov. 12th and 19th FCC volunteers will support this effort by packing Thanksgiving dinner boxes or unloading grocery trucks.

Project Leader: Dino Sarantos, 978.749.7084, dsarantos@verizon.net Location: 412 Hampshire Street, Lawrence Date & timeframe: Saturdays, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 from 9:00am-12:00pm Number of VOLUNTEERs: 20 people

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Lazarus house food drive: Club 365

FCC 5th and 6th graders will be collecting Thanksgiving food items for Lazarus House food pantry on Friday, November 11. More details to come!

Project Leader: Kathy Shannon, 978.475.0700, kshannon@freechristian.org Date & timeframe: Friday, Nov. 11 Neighbors in need: Packing Thanksgiving Dinners

NIN has fed the poor and hungry of Greater Lawrence for over 22 years. They need our help on Saturday, November 19th to pack Thanksgiving dinner boxes for hundreds of families. This is a good family project (children age 5 and older can help). Visit their website at www.neighborsinneed.net

Project Leader: Alan Carroll, 978.902.0131, alan@cdrafting.com Location: Dundee Park, Building 18, Door 8, Andover, Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9:00am–12:00pm Number of VOLUNTEERs: 8-10 people PARISH HOUSE

Volunteers will help with leaf raking, landscaping, painting and various odd jobs around the Parish House and Church. To learn more, contact Lorna.

Project Leader: Lorna McDonald, 978.475.0700, lmcdonald@freechristian.org Location: FCC Andover Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9:00am-12:00pm Number of VOLUNTEERs: 15 people Pregnancy Care Center in Haverhill

The PCC is a Christian organization providing confidential support to individuals experiencing unplanned pregnancies. The Center is located in a house in Haverhill and it’s in need of some repairs. The PCC staff asked for help with raking, cleaning gutters, minor repairs, and organizing kitchen cabinets/food pantry. Visit their website: www.pccnortheast.org

Project Leader: Gretchen Magner, 978.475.0536, magner88@gmail.com Location: 496 Main Street, Haverhill Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9:00am-1:00pm Supplies needed: rubber gloves, tools (task specific), rakes Number of VOLUNTEERs: 10+ people 13


Pregnancy Care Center: Newsletter Mailing Project

The PCC has asked Senior Link members to help prepare a 4000 piece mailing for the Center.

Project Leader: Laurie Lawliss, 978.388.5602, lawliss.amesbury@verizon.net Location: FCC Lower Hall Date & timeframe: Friday, Nov. 18 after Senior Link Number of VOLUNTEERs: All Hands on Deck! Raking FoR SENIOR ADULTS: Senior High Girls

The Senior High girls will be raking leaves for fabulous senior ladies at homes in Andover.

Project Leader: Ann Mosby, ann.mosby@gmail.com Location: Meet at the Bell House at 8:30am Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9:00am–12:00pm Number of VOLUNTEERs: Senior High Girls and Leaders SERVING Senior Adults

Volunteers will help seniors prepare their homes for winter. Leaf raking, yardclean up, moving outside furniture, etc.

Project Leader: Maureen Smith, 978.475.6888, aezsmith@verizon.net Location: various sites around greater Andover area Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9:00am–2:00pm Supplies needed: rakes, leaf bags, tarps, leaf blowers, etc. Number of VOLUNTEERs: 20 people (teams at different locations) WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL: Courtyard Clean-up

FCC middle-schoolers will be volunteering at West Middle School in Andover to rake and clean-up the school’s courtyard. It is a great area that just needs a little TLC. It would be wonderful if the students and teachers could get more use out of this space.

Project Leader: Bryan Long, 978-475-0700, blong@freechristian.org Location: West Middle School Date & timeframe: Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9:00–12:00pm Supplies needed: rakes, leaf bags, tarps, leaf blowers, etc. Number of VOLUNTEERs: Middle School Youth Group and Leaders keep checking the bulletin and website for updates on project details 14


on-going projects bread and roses is a Lawrence soup kitchen for people who are homeless or families just having a hard time making ends meet each month. FCC volunteers bake brownies at home, cook the meal at the church kitchen on the first Monday of each month and deliver it on Tuesday. Cooks and delivery people always welcome! For more information about how you can help...

contact: Jennifer Pollina at 978.687.1063 or japollina@yahoo.com COMMUNITY GIVING TREE in Boxford recycles gently used children’s cloth-

ing and baby equipment and provides other necessities such as school supplies and toiletries to low income families in Essex County, Massachusetts. Urgently needed: Pack & Plays, High Chairs, Baby Gates. To donate or volunteer...

contact: Staff at 978.223.5767 or info@communitygivingtree.org cor unum meal center The second Saturday of every month is FCC

night at Cor Unum. We need 20 volunteers to serve dinner at their Lawrence meal center from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Join us!

contact: Maureen Smith, 978.475.6888, aezsmith@verizon.net daybreak shelter and lazarus house breakfast teams

On Tuesday mornings from 6:00 – 7:30 a.m., breakfast is prepared and served at Daybreak Shelter which provides temporary shelter to adults with addiction or mental health diagnoses. On Thursday morning from 6:00 – 7:30, a team cooks breakfast and serves the guests at Lazarus House which is a shelter for individuals and families.

contact: Nick Warne at nwarne1@verizon.net

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Esperanza Academy, School of Hope is a tuition-free middle school

for economically disadvantaged girls in the fifth through eighth grades in Lawrence. The Academy provides the students three meals a day five days a week. Throughout the school year, the Academy could use two people per meal to prepare the food, set-up and clean-up all with a small student team assisting so the girls gain skills, responsibility and receive fellowship. Tutoring opportunities are also available. To learn more about the school visit www.EsperanzaAcademy.org

contact: Waleska Caceres at 978.686.HOPE or Waleska.caceres@esperanzaacademy.org

God’s Provisions Food Pantry FCC has non-perishable food items

available to anyone in need. Stop by the church office Tues-Fri 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. or visit the welcome desk on Sunday. Bags of groceries are all packed and ready to go.

Contact: Church Office at office@freechristian.org Habitat for Humanity Bob Neil coordinates FCC volunteers (adults

only) one Saturday per month to work on new homes that are under construction in Lawrence. Tasks may include installing windows, framing and decking porches, framing interior walls, roofing, or siding. Some experience doing repairs around your own home is useful but the Habitat people can quickly teach you what you need to know.

contact: Bob Neil, 978.621.0655, bneil@broadcom.com HANCOCK COURT, READING PROGRAM Literacy is a major problem for many children in Lawrence. Communities Together is looking for 8th grade or High School students willing to commit to one hour a week to read to children at Manos Felices! – an afterschool program at the Hancock Courts Housing Project in Lawrence. This is a reading program from 3:30 -4:30 for 1st through 4th grade children. Read to the children and allow them to read back to you and the group. contact: David Edwards, Dana Bennett or Helen Picard at 978.686.4012 or

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Parish Partners - Nursing Home Outreach Opportunities

Parish Partners is the senior adult outreach program at Free Christian Church. The ministry consists of men, women and children who share the hope and the message of the Gospel with senior adults who are in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or senior housing. Many of these dear folks are not able to go out and enjoy fellowship, so our teams go to them and remind that they are not forgotten. Knowing the love of Christ and experiencing community is especially important for senior adults within our church family and also within the community. Volunteers from FCC share the Gospel with nursing home residents in Andover and North Andover. Every Saturday of the month there is a group of folks from FCC who bring the joy of the Lord into area nursing homes home service begins with an opening prayer and then all the residents saying the Lord’s Prayer together. The “congregation” then sings the beloved hymns of the faith followed by a devotional. There is opportunity for individual prayer and some of the teams are able to bring communion to the residents. There is such a need and we can never have too many volunteers. You can go and spend one hour a month or one hour a week or one hour a day. You can go alone or with your family or with your small group. The teams participate in the services on Saturday mornings from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. If Saturdays do not fit into your schedule, there are many other times during the week that you can go and there is always someone that will be happy to see you!

contact: Wendy Nevin at wnevin@comcast.net Pregnancy Care Center provides help to anyone facing an unintended pregnancy. We can help by giving bags of groceries, baby items or maternity clothes to needy women and their families. To donate or volunteer at the Center, go to...

contact: www.pccnortheast.org Tewksbury Community Pantry provides short and long-term food

assistance to Tewksbury residents in financial need. To donate or help at the pantry...

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THIS OLD CHURCH volunteers help with landscaping, snow removal, painting

and odd jobs around the Church, Parish House or Bell House. To learn more...

contact: Lorna McDonald, 978.475.0700, lmcdonald@freechristian.org Whole Foods (Andover) & Stop & Shop (North Andover) Team:

Now more that ever there are people and families in need of food. Whole Foods Market, Stop & Shop and Free Christian Church don’t want delicious food to be wasted! The stores are donating their overstock bakery goods to local homeless shelters and we are seeking FCC people to help with the delivery. We need volunteers to pick up the baked goods every day (7 days per week) anytime between 6:00 am and 11:00 am at the store and to deliver them that same day to Cor Unum Meal Center, Daybreak Shelter, Bread and Roses or Lazarus House in Lawrence. This is a wonderful opportunity to become involved with serving our neighbors who are in need of this food, and at a time that is convenient for you. We also need volunteers to help when one of the team is sick or on vacation. The round trip takes less than 1 hour. Our prayer is that this overstocked food is not wasted and we have enough volunteers to deliver to those in need. We are seeking people who can make a commitment for one day a week or sharing a day with another volunteer.

contact: Susan at susan.sieker@me.com women’s prison ministry This group ministers to WIT, “Women In Transition”, a small minimum security correctional facility in Salisbury. The Alpha course is offered on Mondays from 1:00-3:00pm and Saturdays from 9:30-11:30 am during the school year. There are opportunities, for those who have taken the Alpha course at FCC, to serve as either a regular weekly visitor or as a substitute on an occasional basis. Training is provided and is required for either the regular or occasional visitor. A group may also host a craft night (knitting, scrapbooking, card-making, etc.) for the women. This provides an opportunity for volunteers to socialize with the women, while helping them make a craft. Any woman at FCC who can share a craft and provide the necessary supplies for up to 24 women or who would be willing to help with such an activity should contact Roselle Heckendorn to arrange a suitable evening. Extensive training is not necessary but everyone must submit an application to the prison at least 3 weeks before their first visit.

contact: Roselle, 978.475.9500 ext 105, rheckendorn@freechristian.org

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