Ashburn Retiree Volunteers Her Time to Counsel the Incarcerated

Ashby Ponds resident spends much of her time volunteering with the Kairos prison ministry program

 (ASHBURN, VIRGINIA) - Margy Smith is a resident at the Ashby Ponds retirement community in Ashburn, Virginia, a community home to over 600 residents.   About 16 years ago Smith joined her husband as a volunteer with Kairos, an ecumenical program of counseling and mentoring in prisons.  According to the Kairos Prison Ministry International organization, "the people of Kairos are called by God to share the love of Christ with those impacted by incarceration.  Kairos encourages believers from a variety of Christian traditions to be volunteers in this Christ-filled ministry."

Shortly after starting her work with Kairos, Smith started participating in Bible study with women in local prisons in Virginia.  Today, she still visits a nearby prison four times a month where prisoners are serving short-term sentences.  Additionally, she travels monthly to a Charlottesville, Virginia prison where prisoners are serving long-term sentences and spends a two-day weekend with the prisoners.  In total, Smith volunteers about 15 hours per month working with the Kairos ministry.  She says her reward is the prisoners' responses, their enjoyment and support of each other, and seeing them want to learn and grow. About Ashby Ponds:  Ashby Ponds, one of 16 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia (approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.).  The community is home to over 600 residents and is filled with fascinating people and fantastic opportunities.  Life at Ashby Ponds offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at: www.ericksonliving.com.