Daughter of Ray Charles to Perform for Inmates in Vermont

By Lesley Engle

Published 05/02 2014 10:59AM

Updated 05/02 2014 11:09AM

Sheila Ray Charles, daughter of Ray Charles, will be performing at correctional facility on Friday in Vermont.

Vermont DOC Commissioner Andy Pallito says the performance is for the female inmates and is part of the ministry group called “Church at Prison,” which is operated by a Jericho, Vt. Christian faith-based organization that helps offenders re-integrate into society.

According to a release, Charles will sing and tell her story of recovery from abuse, crack cocaine, and prison.

“It is no secret that Vermont has a serious drug problem,” Church at Prison President Pete Fiske said. “Our state’s leaders are trying very hard to solve it. Ms. Charles, and the many less-well known people who are in recovery as a result of working with Teen Challenge, Celebrate Recovery, and the Church at Prison, are living proof that compassionate, personal Christ-centered treatment really works.”

“I think it is a good thing that the Fiske’s do and am always impressed with the energy and commitment that they do as a part of our work,” Pallito said. “I often tell them that the DOC needs partners to accomplish its work and am always impressed at how committed the Fiske’s are to their involvement.”

The performance happens Friday evening at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington.

Charles will perform at the correctional facility in Springfield next week. She is also scheduled to meet with state officials.

Church at Prison sponsors the entire event.

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