By Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) staff

A community resource fair was held at the Riverside Parole Complex, which was open to parolees, probationers, and members of the community. Thirty-nine community providers participated in the event, which was attended by 71 parolees, 29 probationers, and 35 community members.

The Riverside Parole Community Resource Fair was a collaborative effort between the DAPO Riverside Adult Program Unit team, Parole Agent III (A) Lynn Noonchester and Parole Agent II (A) Raymond Ephriam; Immanuel House, a service provider in Moreno Valley whose director is Liz Reid; and Contra Costa County Office of Education/Parolee Education Program Transition Specialist Valerie Ross, along with her supervisor, Blair Bradley, with assistance from Riverside County Probation Assistant Division Director Lori Wilson.

APU PA III (A) Noonchester was interviewed by ABC news with oversight by DA Robert Alfaro. Parole Administration in attendance included Regional Parole Administrator Karen Thacker, Chief Deputy Regional Administrator Jason Johnson, Assistant Regional Administrator Cecelia Jamison, Adult Program District Administrator Joan Bys, and DAPO Associate Director and Public Information Officer Marvin Speed.

This was the second Community Resource Fair at the Riverside Parole Complex, a focused effort to make resources accessible to those experiencing challenges in the Riverside Community.

Ross, Reid and Noonchester reached out to providers in the community including felon friendly employers, educational entities, government service agencies, health care providers, housing providers, and rehabilitative programs. The specific goal was to bring service providers and those community members experiencing challenges together which ultimately benefits the community as a whole.