TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A group of inmates at the Wabash Correctional Facility presenteda quilt to the Griffin Family.
The Griffin's lost their son Dale while fighting for our freedomover in Afghanistan last year.
Dale's father, Gene, teaches the inmates about gospel principalsat the prison on a frequent basis.
In part to Gene’s commitment he has made to the inmatesand on behalf of the sacrifice their son made for their freedom,they made a quilt in honor of Dale.
"Just the effort, the time the thought that went into the letterand the blanket is overwhelming," Gene Griffin said.
"I think there were tears of joy as well as sadness and sorrow.I think there might have been a little bit of healing in his mom'sface," Inmate from the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility RandyO’Brien said.
The inmates who presented the quilt are members of a programcalled P.L.U.S.
P.L.U.S. is a faith and character based re-entry initiative. Theunit is geared towards teaching core fundamental values that willchallenge and focus on positive reinforcement, through learnedbehavior.
The emphasis of this voluntary initiative focuses onstrengthening spiritual, moral and character development as well aslife-skills. P.L.U.S. empowers offenders with the necessary toolsto become more productive members of society upon re-entry.
The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility P.L.U.S. unit isactively involved in a unique community service project, in memoryof fallen heroes. The unit makes memorial quilts for families ofIndiana soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq andAfghanistan.
Each quilt includes the soldier’s name, unit, date ofbirth and date of passing. The branch of service insignia is alsoincluded on the memorial quilt. Over 104 quilts been distributed tofamilies around the state.
Community involvement sends a message to the offender that thecommunity has a vested interest in their success.
Offenders volunteer to take part in the 16 month program; theyreceive no time cuts for their efforts.
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