Needed: Administrative Coordinator

Who we are: The non-profit Restorative Justice Ministries of the Brazos Valley (RJMBV) is a Christian-based jail ministry to inmates and staff of the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) in the Bryan/College Station, TX area. It is run by volunteers who donate time, money and expertise to further the ministry to the “least of these” in our community (Matt. 25:37-40).

What we do: Volunteers teach Bible studies and practical Life Skills courses like Parenting, Anger Management and Personal Finances. Volunteers prepare Bibles for distribution, do administrative work, and lead worship services.

What we need: We are seeking an individual with strong office management and communication skills for the position of Administrative Coordinator (AC). Position oversees day-to-day operations of the RJM office, including chaplaincy. The individual should have strong organizational abilities, be able to work independently with a wide variety of people of different backgrounds. Note: You will be working in a correctional facility. Restorative Justice Ministry of the Brazos Valley (RJMBV) is a Christian ministry.

Download the Administrative Coordinator Duty Statement/Job Description (DOC)

Download the RJMBV Application for Employment (DOC)

New Interim Chaplain

Dear RJM Volunteers,

I wish to inform you that Mr. Dan Warden left the position of Chaplain at Brazos County Detention Center (BCDC), effective March 3, 2015. Chaplain Dan served the inmates of the BCDC in faithful ministry for many years. We thank him for his service and contributions to this vital and growing ministry.

The RJM Board wishes Mr. Warden the best in the years to come and feels our parting was in brotherly love and in keeping with our Christian faith.

Pastor Obed Matus is the Interim Chaplain and will continue in the position until a permanent chaplain is selected in the next few months. He is doing a wonderful job. If you see Pastor Obed in the halls or with the inmates, please take the time to introduce yourself and get acquainted.

At present, a revised job description is being prepared for the permanent Chaplain position. When the recruitment begins, you will be informed and encouraged to let others know of this ministry opportunity.

The Board thanks each of you for your continued service and ministry to the Lord in the Brazos County Detention Center and the message of Christian love, hope and life you provide to the “least of these.” Mt. 25:34-40.

God Bless you and your work.

In His Name.

Doug Ralston, Acting Chair
Restorative Justice Ministry Board

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Volunteer Training

If you’re interested in helping inmates with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, fill out a TDCJ volunteer application.

More than 1,000 inmates are housed at the Hamilton Unit in northwest Bryan. Once you’ve submitted your application, you can attend training there.

PRTC Bldg. Room 119
200 Lee Morrison Lane
Bryan, TX 77807
(979) 779-1633

Upcoming training sessions:
05/02/15 9:00am – 1:00pm
08/01/15 9:00am – 1:00pm
11/07/15 9:00am – 1:00pm

You are required to contact the facility prior to the training to verify no schedule changes have occurred and to ensure you are on the Volunteer Training Roster.
Please wear proper attire. You DO NOT need a letter from Volunteer Services to attend this training. Attending this training does not guarantee you will be
approved. If you are concerned about your eligibility you are encouraged to contact Volunteer Services prior to attending.
What to Bring: driver’s license, pen, completed Volunteer application
For additional information regarding the TDCJ Volunteer Program contact Volunteer Services at 936-437-3026

Refresher Training for Volunteers

All volunteers are now required to go through training each year. Some policies and procedures are new, and everybody could use a refresher now and then. Also, we need to make sure we have your correct contact information. We’ll be having volunteer training on May 7 if not sooner.

Volunteer Application Deadline: Aug. 28

Our next Volunteer Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, September 11,  in the Training Room at the Brazos County Detention Center.  (Find out how you can help.) Only applicants who have been approved in advance to attend the Volunteer Orientation, according to BCSO policy. The clearance deadline to receive your completed application in our office is August 28.

NEW: Volunteer applicants are requested to submit a copy of their driver’s license with the application.   Also, they need to give their complete middle name, not just a middle initial.

Please share a Volunteer Application with anyone you think may be interested in serving with our ministry.

For more information, call our office at (979) 361-4852 or email
rjmbv@rjmbv.org.

Mandatory PREA Form

Dear Volunteers:

It is mandatory that all volunteers sign the PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Form as soon as possible.  From this date forward,  you will NOT be allowed entrance into the jail facility if you have not signed the PREA Form.

If you have not signed one yet, you may get one from the visitation window officer the next time you come into the jail to serve.

In the event you come in the evening when there is not an officer at the Visitation Window, there will be PREA Forms inside the cover of the Jail Visitor Log-In notebook.  Please read the form first.  If you understand it, please sign and date it and ask the escorting officer to please sign as a witness.  You may leave the signed form in the book and we will pick them up.

If you don’t understand it, you may ask the escorting officer to explain it to you.  If you need further explanation from Sgt. Preston, please contact her.  If you do not sign it at that time, you will not be allowed entrance into the jail.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

God’s Blessings to you,

Jennie Garner
Administrative Coordinator