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Camp Agape booth at CIM.

By Delinia Lewis, CRM
California Institution for Men

On Aug. 18, Warden Dean Borders hosted Camp Agape California volunteers in front of visiting processing at the California Institution for Men (CIM). Jon Vallejo and his volunteer staff braved the 98-degree heat to welcome Inmate visitors with ice cold water, snacks, t-shirts, and information about their summer camp for kids.

Camp Agape California is a non-profit Children’s Camp tailored to the needs of under-served children whose parents are incarcerated.

Camp Agape California’s mission is to touch the lives of these children who have one or both parents incarcerated. Through the four-day camp experience at Big Bear Lake, the children experience spiritual, social, and relational growth, as well as prepare them for a restorative relationship with their parents upon release from jail or prison.

Many of the visitors were pleasantly surprised to find an organization that cares about the health and well-being of their children.  They also enjoyed the t-shirts and cold water offered while they awaited processing. It was inspiring to see visitors proudly donning their Camp Agape shirts during their visit with their incarcerated love ones.

To learn more about the organization go to

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Camp Agape benefits children of incarcerated parents.