News Roundup

CRC employee group awards $500 scholarship

Lt. Norman Faria
PIO / California Rehabilitation Center
The California Rehabilitation Center Employee Association (CRCEA) and Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins recently presented the group’s first scholarship, in the amount of $500, to Pamela Diala.
Ms. Diala is the daughter of California Correctional Healthcare Services employee Florence Anyanwu, licensed vocational nurse, who is assigned to Facility D Medical Department at CRC.
The CRCEA Scholarship Fund was established to recognize outstanding high school students, such as Ms. Diala, who have a good grade-point average, are active in their communities, and who show determination and drive for excellence.
The CRCEA was established in January to provide financial support to charitable organizations in the community and to give back to CRC employees.
Several applications were received from children of CRC employees. Upon a thorough review of all applications, the CRCEA scholarship was awarded to Ms. Diala.
“Education is vital to being successful in life,” Warden Tampkins said.

Mule Creek State Prison employees donate school supplies

By Lt. Michelle Hamilton
PIO / Mule Creek State Prison
Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) employees recently donated several large boxes of supplies to Amador Unified County School District.
“Mule Creek State Prison’s employees continue to answer to the call to give again and again … and I am continually inspired by their dedication and generosity,” said Warden William Knipp.
The donated materials, part of the facility’s third annual School Supply Campaign, included pens, pencils, crayons, backpacks, binders, notepads, calculators, math flash cards and more.
The donation “will help meet the great demand for school supplies,” added Warden Knipp.

CRC gives $900 to rescue mission

Lt. Norman Faria
PIO / California Rehabilitation Center
The California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) recently gave $900 to the Corona Norco Rescue Mission.
The money was generated from CRC inmates who participated in a recent photo sale. In addition, CRC donated five boxes of shoes to the mission, also donated by the CRC inmate population.
The Corona Norco Rescue Mission is a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week transitional shelter for single women, single fathers, and married couples with children. The mission provides assistance in the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing, health care and independent living communities.
The mission’s focus is on transition from hopelessness to hope and from dependence to self-sufficiency.
“It is always good when CRC can partner with our community in a positive way. It gives us pleasure to do our small part in the great work of this shelter,” said Warden Cynthia Tampkins.

High Desert State Prison gives $1,000 to Salvation Army

By Lt. Nick Albonico
PIO / High Desert State Prison
Acting Warden Ron Barnes and Chief Deputy Warden Fred Foulk of High Desert State Prison (HDSP) recently made a $1,000 donation on behalf of the prison to the Susanville Salvation Army.
The money came from the Inmate Charitable Group Fund Drives.  HDSP inmates were allowed to purchase food from local businesses.
Proceeds are donated to nonprofit organizations.

8 inmates complete rehabilitation course through CALPIA

By Greg Sheffield
Lead Manager / CALPIA
Eight inmates employed with the California Prison Industrial Authority (CALPIA) at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, recently successfully completed a 24-hour Worker Occupational Safety and Health Specialist (WOSH) workshop.
The course is administered by the Commission on Health and Safety and Worker’s Compensation in the Department of Industrial Relations, the University of California, Berkeley, Davis, and the city of Los Angeles.
The class was taught in 10 separate modules by Arnold Gomes Jr. – superintendent II, maintenance and repair and WOSH network trainer – with the assistance of Robin Dewey – program coordinator of the Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California, Berkeley.
Each of the modules contained a wide variety of information regarding various health and safety issues including: why workplace injuries and illness occur; how to look at underlying causes; ways to make the workplace a safe and healthy place to work; understanding job hazards; worksite inspections; worker surveys; and hazard mapping.
One of the goals of the Worker Occupational Safety and Health Specialist Training Education Program is to train California workers to be WOSH specialists who will take leadership roles in promoting health and safety in their workplaces.
These specialists can:
-Help promote employers’ workplace injury and illness prevention efforts and the development of an Injury and Illness Prevention Program at their workplace
-Serve as health and safety resource for others, including co-workers, workplace health and safety committees, unions and employers
-Identify workplace hazards
-Identify underlying causes of injuries
-Promote solutions to health and safety problems
-Support the successful return to work of injured employees
The WOSH specialist course is a statewide recognized certification.
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