By Robert Brown, CRM
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

When a series of strong hurricanes battered the U.S., four Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) officers pooled their personal resources and time to answer the cries for help.

Facility D Correctional Officers Virginia Joyner, Bill Strong, Patty Adams and Antonio Cebreros got together on their own, after several hurricanes hit the southern U.S., and wanted to help. These officers used their own time and money, traveling to Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma to help the storm-ravaged area.

The officers cleared trees from people’s houses, cleaned trailer parks, saved people’s storm damaged homes, and in one special case, helped save a woman’s home that was flooded to the second floor, and her insurance would not cover all the damage. The four officers stayed at a local church with 50 other volunteers through Nechama, a Jewish disaster relief organization. The woman lived by herself just outside of Jacksonville and is grateful for the help from those who salvaged her home.

The officers returned home but soon headed back out to help the less fortunate by volunteering at an orphanage in Mexi Cali.