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Sister Lilianne Flavin Is OPSO’s Volunteer Of The Year

NEW ORLEANS - 04-24-2019

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From left to right are Compliance Director Darnley Hodge, Sister Lilianne Flavin, OPSO Volunteer of the Year, and Sheriff Marlin Gusman.

First-ever Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held recently

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has named a long-time volunteer, Sister Lilianne Flavin, as Volunteer of the Year 2018. Sister Lilianne received the honor at OPSO'S inaugural Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held earlier this month.

Sister Lilianne, an educator and spiritual adviser, lead a field of 37 volunteers who received certificates of appreciation for serving as volunteer chaplains, social workers and therapists. These volunteers provide educational and mental health services as well as spiritual guidance to inmates at the Orleans Justice Center.

The awards were presented by Sheriff Marlin Gusman and Compliance Director Darnley Hodge. "Sister Lilianne was one of the first volunteers I encountered when I became Sheriff in 2004 and she had already amassed many years as a volunteer here," Sheriff Gusman said. "I want to thank Sister Lilianne for volunteering at the Sheriff's Office for the past 36 years."

She began incorporating visits to the parish jail after encountering people who had been incarcerated or who were the relative of someone incarcerated. Since 1983, Sister Lilianne has visited OPSO facilities every Tuesday and Wednesday for two hours each day.

In her acceptance speech after receiving the award, Sister Lilianne said she is humbled by this experience of volunteering at the jail. "I feel privileged to be able to volunteer at the Orleans Justice Center. I've been called specifically to meet inmates at a time in their lives when they truly need God," she said.

Sister Lilianne, of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters Cabra, began here ministry teaching in low-income neighborhoods in the Uptown area. Besides volunteering at the Sheriff's Office, Sister Lilianne teaches HiSet classes at Hope House, which offers a program for persons to obtain a high school diploma.

The Sheriff's Office relies on a cadre of organizations and volunteers that provide inmates with a range of services from educational, to religious, to re-entry and more. If you wish to volunteer, contact Debra Hammons, director of policy and inmate services, at 504-827-4519, or via email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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