Thresholds in Delaware County PA

Thresholds teaches a course on how to make good decisions to men and women inmates at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornton, and to children at the Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center in Lima.

At the G. W. Hill facility, the volunteer goes to the prison once a week, for seven consecutive weeks for a one-on-one session with an inmate. Each session lasts for about 1 1/2 hours. Some volunteers take clients back-to-back, others take just one or two clients a year -- Thresholds staff will work with volunteers to meet their schedules. More experienced volunteers work with the kids at the juvenile facility once a month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The inmate learns to think through his/her situation and to consider the consequences of his actions. Clients learn how to set goals and then how to achieve their goals.

Certification training sessions are held for new volunteers three times a year, usually May, September and January.

Mission Statement

Thresholds is a non-profit organization which teaches decision-making skills to interested inmates by developing and maintaining a volunteer corps. Through this program, Thresholds builds a constructive relationship between the prisons and the community.


The Details

  • Address
    George W. Hill Correctional FacilityCheyney RoadThornton, PA 19373
  • Contact
    • Jerry Duffy
  • Phone
    • 610-459-9384
  • Interest Area
    • Education & Literacy, Justice & Legal

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