Offenders on C yard at CSP-Sacramento donated over $2,600 to a charity dedicated to helping children in foster care.

By Therese Giannelli, CRM
California State Prison, Sacramento

The inmate population on the C yard of CSP-Sacramento raised $2,611 by holding a food sale with the proceeds going to Mountain Circle Family, Foster Care Services.

Josie Litchfield and Shauna Rossington, from Mountain Circle Family, were on the yard for the check presentation and met with inmates, who commented on how proud they were to give back to such a worthy cause.

Rossington said 60 percent of men incarcerated were once part of the foster system. Their hope is to prevent youth in the foster system from becomimg part of those incarceration statistics by providing beneficial programs to their clients. One of the ways they do this is by holding a snowboarding and skiing event each year where all costs are paid for by donations. An older youth’s cost to attend the outdoor leadership adventure is about $600.  The inmate population has fulfilled this dream for many children to be able to participate in the program this year.

Mountain Circle Family Services, Inc. is a non-profit community-based organization, committed to ensuring stability and life sustaining changes for foster and adoptive children. Since 1986, Mountain Circle has supported over 3,500 children and families in their journey to a healthier future. Their approach is simple: Offer the best possible training to resource families, provide 24/7 support by experienced social workers/mentors, and equip older foster youth with the skills they will need to be productive adults in the real world. Every day, the MFC team serves over 100 foster care children, youth and their caregivers.