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Sister Terry Dodge One of Five Winners of 2010 Minerva Award at California First Lady Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference

Sister Dodge’s program, Crossroads, provides substance-abuse treatment for female parolees

SACRAMENTO – Sister Terry Dodge, whose program, Crossroads, provides services for women parolees released from prison after extended periods of incarceration, is one of five 2010 Minerva Award winners being honored this evening at California first lady Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference in Long Beach. Crossroads is a community based substance-abuse treatment provider under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

“Sister Terry provides the second chance that many women need to turn their lives around and successfully reunite with their families and communities,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “She truly deserves this honor for providing these women with a helping hand and the support they need to start a new, fulfilling life.”

Women who have been incarcerated for a long time face unique obstacles to adjusting to life on the outside. Crossroads offers long-term transitional housing where newly released female parolees learn how to adjust to life outside prison. They are taught substance-abuse avoidance and life skills, as well as being provided education and employment-related services.

The Minerva Awards, created by Maria Shriver in 2004, recognize extraordinary legacies of service and contributions to California and the country. This year’s Minerva Award other honorees are Oprah Winfrey; former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Carolyn Blashek, who launched Operation Gratitude to send personalized care packages to deployed soldiers; and Oral Lee Brown, who began a foundation to provide educational assistance and financial scholarships to at-risk school children. Minerva Award winners receive $25,000 grants from the conference to further their work.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is among the many state and national opinion makers participating in The Women’s Conference 2010.

For additional information, visit the 2010 Minerva Awards website at:

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