Community Involvement, Rehabilitation

Inmates raise $23,000 to fight child homelessness

Six people with an over-sized check.
Prison staff present a check to a San Diego charitable organization that targets youth homelessness.

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility inmates purchased food and sport drinks from Costco in June to raise funds for the Urban Street Angels.

The non-profit organization, created in 2012 by Erick Lovett, seeks to end youth homelessness in the San Diego area. The homeless youth are provided with emergency overnight shelter, supportive housing and job training opportunities to cultivate personal responsibility.

Through the food sale, the inmates were able to raise $23,689.53 for the organization. All of the proceeds raised will go directly toward the activation of a 50-bed dwelling. This new space will get 50 homeless youth off the streets of San Diego County. 

To date, this food sale has been the most successful as this has been the largest dollar amount raised for a non-profit organization.  For more information on this organization, visit Urban Street Angels (link will open new tab and may not be accessible from a CDCR computer).