Community Involvement

North Kern prison staff raises $5,000 for charity

By Lt. Garry Garrett

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of North Kern State Prison (NKSP) staff, a check for $5,000 was presented to a local non-profit organization.

On Nov. 2, NKSP Warden Kelly Santoro and Community Resource Manger Danny Espitia presented the check to Alpha House Director Sondra Ryan.

Alpha House is a non-profit organization located in Taft serving women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for battered women and their children while presenting them with options for a healthy lifestyle.

The Alpha House provides short-term crisis intervention shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or homeless. They also offer a 24-hour crisis hotline, peer counseling, case management, resources and referrals, as well as access to legal services.

“This check is such a blessing, we really needed a new computer and this will more than cover the cost. It has been a difficult year for receiving donations,” said Ryan. “I cannot express enough gratitude or appreciation. This money will go a long ways”.

Warden Santoro said she was proud of the staff.

“Thanks to staff’s endless participation in fundraising, NKSP is able to provide these types of donations to small organizations like the Alpha House who are not receiving the help they are accustom to because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the warden said.

Learn more about Alpha House on their Facebook page.

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