Sister Margaret Graziano (revisited)
May 1996: Although she works 40 hours a week as a counselor at Willamette Family Treatment Services, 79-year-old Sister Margaret Graziano finds time to volunteer at the Lane County Jail, continuing a prison ministry she began in the early 1970s. A former school teacher and Catholic chaplain, Sister Margaret conducts classes in art and "leisure wellness," helping prisoners find a healthy balance of work and play to reduce dependence on drugs and alcohol once they leave jail. Besides teaching, she attends to simple, but vital, needs of inmates, such as picking up mail, cashing checks, or arranging emergency housing for family members. Drug-dependent males at Lane County Corrections' Passages residential treatment program are familiar with her gentle ways, as are children at Rainbows Unlimited, a program she developed for youngsters in chemical-dependent families.