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Volunteer Helps Expand A.R.E. Prison Outreach Program to Serve Spanish-Speakers


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Volunteer Helps Expand A.R.E. Prison Outreach Program to Serve Spanish-Speakers


Virginia Beach, Va. – According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, nearly 33 percent of more than 184,000 inmates are of Hispanic descent. A 2015 study estimates that 69 percent of Hispanics report speaking English, but that leaves a measurable percentage of 31 percent of incarcerated Hispanics for whom Spanish is their first language.

To better serve this population, A.R.E.’s Prison Outreach Program recently added a Spanish-speaking volunteer—Evangelina “Eva” Poggi. In addition to corresponding with prisoners in Spanish, Eva is helping to translate additional Edgar Cayce material into this Latin-based language. She is currently translating Edgar Cayce’s Meditation for Everyone, which is the initial booklet sent to each inmate from the outreach program.

The books currently offered in Spanish through the program are Kevin Todeschi’s Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, Robert J. Grant’s Edgar Cayce on Angels and Archangels,  W.H. Church’s Edgar Cayce’s Story of the Soul,” and a Spanish Bible. Program Director Judith Stevens said, this year, the program will also be reprinting a Spanish version of Edgar Cayce, Mystery Man of Miracles so that an introductory book on Edgar Cayce is available, as well as A Search for God, Book I. “We hope this will help Spanish speakers to be able to participate in more in-depth discussion and study of the Edgar Cayce readings in their native language,” Stevens said. “We are so grateful and fortunate to have Eva volunteering to help support our program and better serve the Spanish-speaking community.”

Meet Eva Poggi: Q&A

  1. How did you come to know both Spanish and English?

I'm from Argentina, and I've been in Virginia Beach since 2012. I met my husband in 2009, while living in Madrid. Then I moved to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where he was working. Later, he got a job in Virginia Beach. He's retired from the Air Force.

  1. How did you find A.R.E.’s Prison Outreach Program?

My dearest friend, Judith Stevens, asked me if I could help translate a "form" in Spanish for the Prison Program. When I finished it, I offered to help her with any translation from the letters in Spanish. And I immediately fell in love with the letters! I started to collect donated books from some of my Spanish-speaking friends and family.

  1. What is a key thing you have learned from interactions with Hispanic prisoners through the program?

[They have] a sense of loneliness. Inmates [are] extremely thankful for this Program that gives them tools to grow their inner Self.

  1. What has contributing to this work meant to you?

I'm a yoga teacher, and one of my favorite things I've ever learned from yoga is a life dedicated to others, a selfless service. That's happiness, bliss absolute! And that's exactly how I feel while writing letters and selecting books for [prisoners].

  1. What advice might you have for someone considering volunteering (with A.R.E., or in general)?

I'd say that this is all about love!

  1. What is your favorite Edgar Cayce quote, reading, or saying?

You get to heaven leaning on the arms of people you have helped.

  1. A last comment or statement for readers?

Don’t take my word for it. Become a Prison Program Volunteer and experience it for yourself. Please consider sending us any Spanish-language books you may have, especially paperback Spanish-English dictionaries, books about meditation, yoga, and self-transformation.

To volunteer, request a book for a prisoner, or just learn more about the A.R.E. Prison Outreach Program, go to, or call 800-333-4499.

Edgar Cayce founded the non-profit Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in 1931, to explore spirituality, holistic health, intuition, dream interpretation, psychic development, reincarnation, and ancient mysteries—all subjects that frequently came up in the more than 14,000 documented psychic readings given by Cayce, who died in 1945. The mission of A.R.E. is simply to help people around the world change their lives for the better through the ideas and information found in the Cayce readings. The Virginia Beach headquarters is a popular site for locals and tourists with free daily lectures, a Health Center & Spa, the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage, an extensive metaphysical library, a meditation garden, a stone labyrinth, and a bookstore and gift shop. Visitors from around the world come to experience conferences featuring speakers on subjects like ancient mysteries, holistic health, and spiritual development. The campus is also home to Atlantic University, which offers two masters degrees (Transpersonal Psychology and Mindful Leadership) through an online platform, as well as continuing education and certificate programs. Through A.R.E.’s many programs, services, publications, and membership outreach, individuals from all walks of life and religious backgrounds are provided with tools for personal transformation and healing at all levels—body, mind, and spirit. For more information, please visit