By Estela Acosta, Community Resource Manager
Thanks to California Rehabilitation Center (CRC), donated cell phones and $1,000 will go a long way for a shelter that helps domestic violence survivors. Warden (A) Glen E. Pratt recently met with Florence White, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the nonprofit Riverside County Coalition for Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) and Trauma Recovery Center. The warden discussed possible partnership opportunities to benefit the community.
Domestic violence survivors entering the ADV program must surrender their personal telephones upon entering the shelter. CRC’s donation of 200 confiscated cell phones, retrieved by the Investigative Services Unit (ISU), contributes to the shelter’s mission of hope and change. The donated phones prevent abusers from communicating with ADV clients. CRC also donated $1,000 to the program. The funds were generated from the Inmate Charitable Campaign Funds in November 2020, during Cynthia Tampkins’ nine-year tenure as Warden. She recently retired.
CRC’s ISU attended the meeting to present the donated cellular phones. CEO Florence White expressed gratitude on behalf of the ADV clients and their children.
What is Alternatives to Domestic Violence?
Survivors of domestic violence and their families receive ADV services to begin their recovery from trauma or abuse. Families gain an understanding on the elements of abuse through cognitive behavioral treatment, while providing shelter, food, and a multitude of other services, such as counseling, a 24-hour crisis line, and child development programs. The ADV empowers survivors and their children to believe in themselves, by learning methods to break the cycle of abuse.