By Robert Brown, Community Resources Manager
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility
One prison’s volunteers were recently celebrated with a special dinner.
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility’s (RJDCF) celebrated National Volunteer Appreciation Week with their annual dinner to thank many of the volunteers. RJDCF has over 700 volunteers who provide rehabilitative programming to the inmate population.
Volunteer rehabilitative programs at RJDCF include religious groups, Project Paint, Playwrights Program, POOCH, VOEG, AVP, an inmate-run newsletter and many others.
Without the faithful volunteers, RJDCF would not be able to provide the vital rehabilitative programming needed for the inmate population.
Nationally accredited studies have demonstrated that religious and rehabilitative programming reduces violence in prison and reduces recidivism rates. RJDCF’s public safety mission is achieved by protecting the public and rehabilitating the inmate population by preparing them to successfully reenter society.
National Volunteer Appreciation and National Crime Victims’ Rights shared the week. RJDCF’s mission to provide effective rehabilitation is primarily linked to preventing new victims of crime and making California a safer place to live and work.
The volunteer’s dedication and passion empower RJDCF to meet this mission.
Warden Daniel Paramo helped serve the volunteers dinner and presented awards to a few of the outstanding volunteers. The event was organized by RJDCF staff, located at the Rock Church San Diego, and the dinner was provided by generous community partner USE Credit Union.