By Lt. Lupe Cartagena
Administrative Assistant/PIO, CSATF/SP
The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (CSATF/SP) in Corcoran Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP) inmates recently donated individually created greeting cards to each elder resident at the Hanford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hanford, CA.
The CSATF/SP staff passed out more than 100 greeting cards at the nursing Center. The EOP inmates designed and created each greeting card using paper, cutouts from magazines, and their own drawings.
“The practice of using one’s time to benefit others is helpful in creating a sense of selflessness with inmate/patients who often need to look outside of themselves for purpose,” said Denise Hensley, Recreation Therapist at CSATF/SP, “I have seen how important this program has become to inmates who enjoy giving to others through a simple outreach program to the elderly in our community.
The success of the project was measured by the surprised and happy looks on the face of the patients at the Nursing Center and the therapeutic sense of accomplishment felt by the EOP inmates.
The Hanford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hanford provides quality care to elderly short-term and long-term patients with comfortable surroundings and home-like environment. The Center employs activities partners, therapists, nutritionists, social workers, and certified nursing assistants.