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For Immediate Release

September 13, 2006

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

State Halfway House Residents Receive Local Recognition

(Manchester, NH) More than one hundred past and present residents of the Calumet Halfway House in Manchester received recognition from the Bethany Community Church in Manchester for their volunteer work at the church on Sunday, September 10, 2006. The residents have provided hundreds of hours of work to renovate the church and were honored by the placement of a plaque on the chapel during a dedication ceremony of the Perkins Outdoor Chapel.

Mrs. Les S. Dolecal, Assistant Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, attended the ceremony along with Fourth District Executive Councilor Raymond J. Wieczorek and Manchester Alderwoman Betsi DeVries.

“The Department is honored to be recognized in this way and were pleased to participate in such a worthwhile project,” Assistant Commissioner Dolecal said.

“Reverend Dr. Vera Wingate and the congregation of the church gave these offenders an opportunity to contribute to the community and work side by side with members of the church to restore the chapel. Several offenders have become members of the church since their release and about ten Calumet House residents attended the ceremony. This is a clear demonstration of how one organization in the community is helping people re-enter society. The offenders and the Department appreciate what Reverend Wingate and the Bethany Community Church have done,” Assistant Commissioner Dolecal added.

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