Rachel O’Dell joined the GGRA Board in the spring of 2018 after becoming a member of GGRA and a church volunteer at the jail. She is a stay-at-home mom with a Masters Degree in Music Education. She has also been a teacher for Bible Study Fellowship for 3 years. In 2018 she began a ministry called Gwinnett Shepherds of Returning Citizens, in order to help connect returning citizens to local churches.
As an administrator of LEE Inc., I am the ‘go to’ person once a seminar is complete and the next step is about to take place. This next step involves passing an exam, turning in assignments, and making sure each life coach in trainee is on the right path to graduation, certification and ordination. I also assist Lee with other admin duties that not only stay within LEE Inc., but also with Vital Signs Reentry Ministry and UpLift Transportation Services. Vital Signs is a men’s reentry home through our church and it allows men who are transitioning from prison and back into society to have a place and a fresh start with a faith based program. UpLift is a transportation service for all returning citizens once a chapter is set up; this chapter can be set up by a friend, family member, church, organization and/or business. It’s a great resource for all returning citizens who are needing rides to and from work, to and from their probation meetings and anything in between they are needing. Each month with a chapter, the sponsor will receive monthly statements of each ride, who the rider was and the cost. We want to have all returning citizens get a better chance once they begin the transition process and show that they too have every chance to succeed when they make the decision to do so. It also helps when a community is involved and having resources available to them.
Taylor Davis is CEO of Help One Save One, Inc. A 501(c) (3) non-profit prison ministry designed to help reduce recidivism and give the returning citizen the knowledge and skills necessary for a better quality of life. He currently spends time at Clayton Transitional Center, next to the Atlanta airport, and at Phillips State Prison and Transitional Center in Buford, Georgia. Taylor also spends time with many he mentored in prison after their release.