The Bartholomew County Jails Residents Encounter Christ program received a $3,500 Regional and Local Impact grant from the Indiana Sheriffs Association. Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers accepted the check from ISA Director Stephen P. Luce while they were attending the National Sheriffs Associations annual conference in Louisville earlier this week.
REC is a three-day experience where teams of trained Christian volunteers come into the jail to minister to residents. All supplies and equipment are provided by and set up by the REC community. Men and womens weekends are held separately. The teams usually consist of around 40 members. If space and numbers allow, a REC weekend typically ministers to about 50 inmates.
Sheriff Myers was attending the national conference following his appointment to the National Sheriffs Associations Homeland Security Committee earlier this year. The non-profit organization is dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among those in the law enforcement field.