Oregon State Penitentiary NA Home Group Coin
This minted, Hole-in-the-Wall Group coin is presented to inmates and sometimes guests that attend NA meetings in Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP). The Hole in the Wall Group is a recognized Narcotics Anonymous Group held at OSP in Salem Oregon. They have been providing recovery meetings to inmates since 1988.
The group has grown and now boasts more than 150 NA meetings each year. Although civilians must get OSP clearance to attend a meeting, the group is not considered an H&I meeting. They have a civilian GSR, are listed in the local meeting directory, and the meetings are run by inmates. They are usually one of the groups that is brought live online into WCNA for World Unity Day.
In addition to recovery meetings, the group provides a full complement of Narcotics Anonymous books and literature as well as clean time recognition certificates and coins. The Group publishes a quarterly Newsletter distributed to 100s of individuals and organizations throughout the United States, and offered to every OSP inmate. Here's a list of their meetngs:
- The Tuesday meeting is an introduction to NA. Its main purpose is to introduce newcomers to NA literature and the group's trusted servants. This is done in a small and more intimate setting than the larger general meetings.
- The Wednesday meeting is a Book Study, focused on one step and one tradition for each of the twelve months of the year. The waiting list for this meeting is currently 2-3 months.
- The once-a-month Thursday meeting is a general NA meeting. Attendance is limited to 75 persons. This is the main Home Group meeting. This is also where the Home Group business meetings are held. The trusted servants are elected at the Thursday meeting. The waiting list for this meeting is currently 3-4 months.
- The Friday sponsorship meeting focuses on sponsorship and teaching members about being NA sponsors in OSP.
- The Saturday General Meeting has grown to become the main meeting for outside guests. Attendance is limited to 75 persons plus guests. This meeting is attended by new members, long time members, and outside Narcotics Anonymous members. The waiting list for this meeting is currently 3-4 months.