Jail Angel Carolyn Lamb, treasurer, and Cherub Julius Wills, campaign and precinct, are a “dynamic duo.”
South Bay Republican Women Federated
South Bay RWF has Jail Angels! Treasurer Carolyn Lamb has volunteered as a protestant chaplain to women in the LA County Jail system for more than 14 years. She counsels 40-50 women individually every week and teaches two Bible studies each Monday. The chaplains also assist the Sheriff’s Department by calming the uncooperative inmates and supplying the women with written Bible study books.
For 10 years, Carolyn has prepared a monthly prayer request letter which she distributes to more than 150 of her prayer warriors, including her church and South Bay RWF. The artwork on these prayer requests is often done by inmates who are “lifers.”
After inmates are released, Carolyn continues her help. She answers questions about the Bible, moral issues, and how to get help for basic needs, such as finding housing, furniture, and a local church home that will help them reintegrate into society. Carolyn teaches the inmates how to read the Bible for their understanding, and over a period of time has actually taught several inmates to read.
Carolyn’s church, Journey of Faith, finances the Bibles handed out to inmates. Every woman receives a Bible the first time the inmate requests a chaplin. Women Bible teachers in her church help her correct the written Bible study books, and others create hand-made Christian greeting cards and book marks for distribution. Her church also has a Political Alertness Program which is committed to providing voting information and voter registration forms. They promote “Be Registered - Be Informed - Vote Your Christian Values.”
The Cherubs of South Bay RWF have a calendar drive each year to support Carolyn. Julius Wills, our legislature and campaign officer, modifies the calendars to conform to Sheriff’s Department restrictions. All of the calendar staples must be removed, and the holes are restrung with yarn, no more than three inches long. We ask other area clubs to contribute calendars, but we do not have huge media coverage because of the sensitivity of the mission, mainly keeping Carolyn’s name undercover.
Carolyn said she is in awe of the support she continues to receive and claims she is “merely a chaplain in jail, not a prestigious prison chaplain.” We Cherubs are in awe of Carolyn’s devotion and loyalty in helping people improve their lives. We South Bay RWF members call her our Jail Angel in the true spirit of Caring for America.
-- Ginny Callanan, President
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