The holiday season at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) was inspirationall, replete with unique and festive activities, moving many to reflect on the spirit of giving and achieving excellence through working with others including family and community stakeholders. During this holiday season the spirit of community among youth trumped divisiveness that sometimes stems from distorted thinking and preconceived notions projected onto others, especially within a correctional setting. The Integrated Behavior Treatment Model supports youth’s development of skills to communicate effectively which in turn builds their self- esteem and facilitates their ability work with others to achieve a common goal.
California Correctional Center (CCC) Warden Suzanne Peery, and Chief Deputy Warden (A), Steve Cagle, presented Lassen County Toys for Tots with $18,000 worth of donations last month.
Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) adopted 20 families in the Coalinga/Huron area for its holiday Angel Tree event. The Employee Action Committee (EAC) organizes this annual event to help provide gifts for families in need in the local community including 68 children.
California Medical Facility (CMF) hosted the second Operation Santa on Dec. 23-25, led by Chief Physician and Surgeon Dr. Michele DiTomas and other staff from the CMF Medical Department. In the spirit of giving, medical staff and local community members from Berkeley gathered a collection of toys and games for children with incarcerated parents.
The Irvine Parole Complex’s second Turkey and Toy Drive made Christmas brighter for 15 needy parolees and their families. Parole agents for CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) donated money and toys for this event. Clerical staff assisted with identifying the toys for each child and wrapping all the toys the days before the event.
Los Angeles Central and Mid City Parole Districts hosted its fourth annual Food and Toy Drive on Dec. 21. With the assistance of community partners South Bay Workforce Investment Bureau, Parker Hannifin Corporation, and Inspector and Instructor Headquarters and Service Company 2nd Battalion 23rd Marines Pasadena, this year’s food and toy drive was the largest ever. Through their efforts, hundreds of additional toys were donated to the drive.