Division of Adult Parole Operations

DAPO staff help struggling mom get school supplies for her son

Man in dark shirt stands in front of table piled with school supplies and two kids and a woman sit around the table.
From Right to Left: Parolee Christina Gutierrez, right, her son and stepson, were surprised with clothing, school supplies and food, delivered by Parole Agent II Anthony Marquez, Adult Programs Unit, Southern Region.

By DAPO staff

When paroled offender Christina Gutierrez attended the Women Empowerment group over the summer, she didn’t know it would lead to assistance for her 9-year-old son.

Staff at the Victorville Parole Office learned Gutierrez was short on clothing and school supplies for her son. Parole Agent II Anthony Marquez and Parole Service Associate Laura Evans, with the Southern Region’s Adult Programs Unit, quickly got to work.

Evans contacted a few community resource providers for advice. Marcus Wood and Gloria Amaya, from the United Violence Incarceration Prevention program, immediately responded. They also attend the monthly Parole and Community Team meetings.

Wood and Amaya volunteered to donate clothes, shoes, a backpack and school supplies for the child. They also donated a box full of food.

Just before school started, Marquez and Evans stopped by the Gutierrez home to deliver the items. The mother and son were thankful for the act of kindness.