We have annual or semi-annual, intense 3-day weekend programs combined with timely follow-up meetings. Residents Encounter Christ (REC) is a three-day retreat experience for 60 to 100 male residents, conducted within a New York State correctional facility by a group of 16 to 20 Catholic volunteers. The weekend usually starts on a Friday morning and ends on Sunday afternoon. We also support weekly programs in most of the state prison facilities within the fourteen county Albany, NY Catholic Diocese.
Basic techniques used emphasize personal and community growth. Volunteers can also help by participating in semi-annual hootenannies, which include music, faith sharing, witness talk, and a shared meal. During these gatherings, residents are given time to speak. Volunteers can also help by writing letters, in English or Spanish, for the inmates.