Inmates from Valley State Prison raised thousands to benefit a shelter serving abused women and children.

Inmates from Valley State Prison raised thousands to benefit a shelter serving abused women and children.

Food sale, walk-a-thon raises funds for charity

By Lt. David Barksdale, AA/Public Information Officer
Valley State Prison

Through food sales and a walking fundraiser, inmates at Valley State Prison rallied to raise thousands for a new battered women and children’s shelter in Madera County.

On June 18, Victim Services representatives from the Community Action Partnership of Madera County visited the prison to accept a check for over $5,000.

Program Manager Tina Rodriguez and Victim Advocate Angelina Lopez from the organization spoke to two Inmate Leisure Activity Groups responsible for a prison sponsored walk-a-thon (Victim Offender-Healing Other’s Pain through Empathy, or VO-HOPE) and a food sale (SHARP).

Rodriguez said a house and land was donated to their non-profit charity organization so they could open a much-needed shelter for abused women and children in Madera County. She said the property was in dire need of appliances, preventing them from offering housing to anyone. She said she was at a loss on how they were going to be able to afford the items until she heard Valley State Prison was donating funds.

Rodriguez said the donation came just in time.

In addition, Valley State Prison donated over $300 in food for the shelters.

Rodriguez said the charitable organization provides many services locally to help and assist victims and their families such as shelter, counseling for sexually abused children and many more.

Jasanjit Bains and Corina Storey, Valley State Prison Self Help Sponsor staff, attended the check presentation.