Inmates from the Tazewell facility of the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority are helping out their community. The program allows the Tazewell County Sheriff’s office to borrow low-risk inmates for various projects.
“The regional jail works really close with us and they allow us to take the inmates out for special projects. And we do projects throughout Tazewell county, and this is an example of one that we do. The Labor of Love Mission does so much for the community, we want to be able to help them in what they do, ” Brian Hieatt, Sheriff of Tazewell County, said.
The Labor of Love Mission needed assistance with unloading supplies from a semi-truck.
“Most of our volunteers are females and we’re not getting any younger, ” Rene Steele, Labor of Love Mission’s Director, said.
Both the nonprofit organizations and the inmates benefit from the work program in Tazewell County.
“When we have inmates who are at the jail just waiting their time out, who are the low risk inmates, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have them out here, working and doing things for the community. They’re there, they’re paying their time for what they’ve been sentenced to. They can do that, get some time off of what they’ve been sentenced by coming out and working, ” Sheriff Hieatt added
Food distribution from the Labor of Love Mission is every 3rd Saturday of the month and it’s open to everyone.