Noble Correctional Institution opens Faith Based Unit

On July 2 Noble Correctional Institution (NCI) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official opening of their Faith Based Unit. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) Director Gary Mohr took part in the ceremony. He expressed great enthusiasm for opportunities available to inmates involved in the Faith Based Unit. Director Mohr thanked NCI Warden Tim Buchanan and staff for their dedication and commitment in bringing this project to completion. Numerous other ODRC dignitaries and community partners took part in the celebration.

NCI’s Faith Based Unit Manager Steve Dunn and several inmates from the unit gave an overview of the program. The program consists of a combination of faith based and morality driven education, vocational and rehabilitative components. Dunn stated that NCI is now home to one of the largest Faith Based Units in the country housing 240 inmates and providing services to countless others. In addition the unit serves as a base for numerous peer mentoring opportunities which includes: Noble Incarcerated Veterans Organization (NIVO), Toast Masters Gavel Club, First Time Offenders Program and Mentorship Program. One of the foundations of all the unit programs is community service. The unit team has made a commitment to find ever expanding opportunities to develop partnerships and give back to the community said Dunn.

Warden Buchanan described the day as an opportunity to highlight the hard work and dedication of all of NCI’s staff to the rehabilitative process. This unit is a direct result of the cooperation between NCI staff and community partners to establish this program. Warden Buchanan stated “that NCI’s Faith Based Unit is the beginning of several new initiatives that will continue to advance NCI’s mission to reduce recidivism.”

If anyone would like more information contact Joel Burris, Public Information Officer at (740) 732-5188, Ext. 2003.