Valley State Prison inmates raised money for Mollie's House, a non-profit group serving victims of human trafficking.

Valley State Prison inmates raised money for Mollie’s House, a non-profit group serving victims of human trafficking.

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

Inmates raised for than $5,500 to go toward a non-profit group helping victims of crime.

On June 22, Torella Minor, Executive Director of Mollie’s House Human Trafficking Victim Shelter and Services Agency, came to Valley State Prison to accept  donation checks in the amount of $5,581.08 from various fundraising efforts including an inmate Walk-a-thon sponsored by the Valley State Prison, Victim Offender-Healing Other’s Pain through Empathy (VO-HOPE) and Victim Impact Inmate Leisure Time Activity Groups (ILTAG); as well as an inmate food sale sponsored by the ARTS, ILTAG.

Mollie’s House was in dire need of donation funds for their non-profit charity organization in order to continue to provide services for local human trafficking victims in Madera County. The organization offers shelter, counseling, crisis and support services. Mollie’s House was seeking tickets, passes or monetary donations to allow the young girls a chance to go on “outings and do things young girls should be able to experience,” according to organizers.

Mollie’s House relies solely on sponsorship and donations for their summer activities, according to Torella Minor.

The number of passes or tickets needed are at least 10 passes for the girls, who are victims, and their chaperones. Mollie’s house has activities planned that include: bowling, skating, water parks, movies, Disneyland, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Monterey Aquarium, Pismo Beach, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, horseback riding, Summer Camp Hume Lake, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park and Hearst Castle (sponsored).

The donation check from the Valley State Prison, ARTS, general inmate population and the Victim Impact and VO-HOPE ILTAG fundraisers will be used by Mollie’s House to meet their program victims’ needs as well to help provide the summer activities for the victims. All donations go toward Mollie’s House young female human trafficking victims for housing and services.

The Valley State Prison ILTAGs and inmates are grateful their donations from their fundraisers are able to go to such a worthy, well-deserved cause to benefit local human trafficking victims.

Bonnie Villegas and Gloria Creekmur, Valley State Prison Self-Help Sponsor staff, attended the check presentation.