Story by Luis Patino, Public Information Officer II
CDCR Office of Public and Employee Communications

The Division of Adult Parole Operations managers, supervisors, parole agents and support staff from the Los Angeles Central, Mid-City and Harbor Parole Districts provided food baskets, toys and shoes to parolees and their families over the holidays.

The employees, with the assistance of retired parole agents, provided food baskets, toys and shoes at the Alameda Parole Complex to 83 families in Los Angeles, Compton and Long Beach. This was the fourth year that needy families were provided assistance.

Several of the districts employees donated money to purchase the food for the families. They also donated toys and a lunch plate sale was conducted at the complex to raise money to purchase toys and refreshments for the families.

It was a special day for the families who attended the event. The warm and grateful expressions on their faces filled the room with joy and happiness; exhibiting the true holiday spirits. Especially for a young girl, who doesn’t want to be named, won a tricycle in the Christmas raffle and would not stop smiling.

“This is exactly what I wanted for Christmas,” she said.

Parole Administrator Vincent Thomas was thankful for his teams’ efforts on behalf of parolees and their families.

“The fond memories created on that special day would not have been possible without the support of the DAPO active and retired employees,” he said.

He singled out the following:

  • Harold Dennis, a retired Parole Agent II Specialist, also was instrumental in donating and raising money to purchase the food. Dennis, with the assistance of the retired agents, purchased and transported the food to the Alameda Parole Complex.
  • Parole Agent Danny Acosta coordinated with a U.S. Marine Corp unit for toys. The marines in the unit donated several toys for the children.
  • Parole Agent II Supervisor Dominique Hughes was instrumental in organizing the toy drive for the past two years. She purchased several of the toys from the money that was raised from the lunch plate sale.

Further southeast, the Riverside Parole District in conjunction with Immanuel House/Toys-for-Tots provided a Christmas Toy Give Away for needy parolee families at the Riverside Parole Office.

Parole Agents assisted in identifying needy parolee families throughout the district and GPS Parole Agent Carlos Sanchez dressed up as Santa Claus.  The participating families were provided with snack bags and toys.

“It was rewarding to give back to the community and to see the smiles on all the children’s faces,” said District Administrator Robert Alfaro. “I would like to thank Liz Reid of Immanuel House, Moreno Valley PAII Katrina Caltabiano, SPT Raquel Snell, and PSA Patsy Hardy for coordinating the event. Also, thanks to Toys for Tots and all the Riverside District staff who participated in this event. Keep up the great work everyone!”

The events were in support of the DAPO family systems theory that recognizes the families as one of the most significant social networks in the communities that can help keep parolees from re-offending.