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For Immediate Release

April 22, 2013

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

Volunteers Recognized at the NH State Prison for Women

(Goffstown, NH) The New Hampshire State Prison for Women recognized its volunteers during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony at the Goffstown facility. Bill Merritt was named Volunteer of the Year for providing his services as a life coach to the women offenders.

He volunteers his time and uses his experience as a professional life coach to help build self-esteem and planning for the future with the inmates. Among the areas he focuses on with the women are increased understanding of their personality, how they impact others, personal priorities, setting clear goals, indentifying and leveraging resources, finding fulfilling work, overcoming barriers, and clarifying their purpose in life.

Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn said, “Prison volunteers offer a wide array of opportunities from spiritual support and life skills to educational and recreational activities. These along with department-run programs and treatment provide a good foundation for successful offender re-entry into the community. We truly appreciate the efforts of our volunteers throughout the year.”

Merritt has been a volunteer at the Goffstown facility since 2008. Nearly one hundred people volunteer their time at the New Hampshire State Prison for Women each year.

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