Inside the Walls

“Your job now is to be at the place where you may be of maximum helpfulness to others, so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 102

Nearly 70 years ago, Warden Clinton Duffy asked A.A. members to bring an A.A. meeting into San Quentin. Today there are over 38,700 A.A.s in confinement and 1,555 prison groups throughout the United States and Canada. These meetings answer only a fraction of the need for more groups in correctional facilities all across the country. Many there reach for, but don’t find, the hand of A.A. Carrying the A.A. message into jails, juvenile detention centers and prisons is an important and rewarding service, and one where there is a constant need for volunteers. 

From: F-108 Carrying the Message Behind These Walls; Copyright 2001, AA World Services, Inc

North Carolina Mountain Central Office wants to provide a listing space for Correction Facilities, Mental Health Facilities, Shelters and any other institution  that wishes to have the AA message brought inside of its walls. Please contact NCMCO at 828-254-8539 of

AA District 70 

The Buncombe County Detention Facility is in need of support for meetings in the jail – especially for men. Meetings are held Wed 7:30PM & Sat 10AM, The BCDF is now open to orient new AA volunteers. Applicants must have 6 months sobriety and a sponsor. All participants must be cleared of all warrants for one year. Interested persons should fill out the attached clearance form sending it to the coordinator listed on the form.  Here is the application BCDF VolunteerApplication Revised (word) 1.24.17 (2)

If you have any questions call Val, the Volunteer Program Services Coordinator, at the Buncombe County Detention Facility: 828-250-4585. For more information about this volunteer service attend the next GSR Meeting and/or the Service Committees Meeting.

Volunteers are needed for daytime A.A. meetings at Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women (SCCW). The meetings are Fridays from 12:15-1:30pm; males must be accompanied by females. There will be a training at the facility on Tuesday, January 9 at 6:00pm. Call Charlyne for more details: 828-450-2919.

A call for volunteers to attend new meeting of Sisters in Sobriety at Swannanoa Correctional Center on Fridays 12:15-1:30.   No one goes inside alone!  At least a two each week.

Blue Card Volunteer Orientations are scheduled for Tuesday January 9th and 23rd. Requirements are a state issued picture identification card and one year from custody: jail, prison, probation or parole.

Blue Card holders may contact Charlyne B. at (828)450-2919 or

District 70 Service Committees Meeting, Tues. Jan 30, 6PM, Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church St, Asheville. District 70 service, responsible for carrying the AA message into treatment centers, jails and prisons, now has a Google group. This will serve as a communication link for coordinators to announce what new service commitments are being made available. If you are interested in carrying the message into institutions this is a good way to see what opportunities there are. The group name is: District 70 service. To be added to the group or to post announcements, send emails to:

AA District 71

District 71 Correction Facilities & GSR Meeting, Sat Jan 13, 1:00PM, 1624 Willow Rd, Hendersonville. The District GSR meeting is now combined with the Correction Facilities meeting.  All interested AAs are invited to attend.

The Corrections Committee is still in need of men volunteers to go into the Henderson County Detention Center. District 71 volunteers go in on Monday nights at 7pm. The Henderson County jail requires a training (1-2hr) that everyone must attend before entering the jail. They had a training in January but hopefully there will be another in the near future. All who are interested in participating in this vital service please attend the Corrections Committee meeting in June or call Central Office – 828-254-8539 – for contact information.

AA District 80

Balsam Center, 91 Timerlane Rd, Waynesville, NC. Monday night 6PM, AA speaker share the message with patients. Wednesday night 6PM, AA members carry the message of hope and recovery to patients. You need to show up 10 minutes before the meeting to sign in.