Community Involvement

SATF incarcerated population raises funds for Refuge Armona

SATF staff present a check to refuge founders.
Warden (A) Cisneros front left, Aaron Haley kneeling front right, Captain T. Gonzales back left, Alyssa Haley being presented a check on behalf of SATF from CRM Ricky Dela Cruz, Y. Gonzalez, and Chief Deputy Warden (A) Aaron Shimmin.

Nonprofit group encourages next generation of leaders

Thanks to a SATF incarcerated population food sale fundraiser, Refuge Armona received over $6,500 to continue helping local children.

On Wednesday, July 7, leadership at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF) and State Prison presented a check for $6,518.64 to Aaron and Alyssa Haley, founders of Refuge Armona.  

Armona, a small town 35 miles southeast of Fresno, has a high percentage of socioeconomically disadvantaged youth, with many children at home alone while their parents work long hours in the fields and factories. So, the husband-and-wife team set out to make a difference by founding Refuge Armona.

The Refuge’s vision is to provide hope while helping a generation of young people become leaders. The group provides a safe place for youth to spend time after school and receive homework help. The children have access to food and free laundry facilities. They also provide fun activities, while gaining mentorship through adult volunteers.

Refuge Armona helps community youth

They also provide free quarterly food and clothing distribution events. During last year’s back-to-school drive, they provided over 200 kids with backpacks and school supplies.

SATF’s incarcerated population selected the nonprofit organization to receive the funds.

“On behalf of all the staff here at CSATF, we are delighted to make this donation to such a great organization that provides a safe haven for our youth.  It really warms our hearts to hear about the selfless acts that Refuge Armona does every day to help keep our kids out of trouble,” said Warden (A) Theresa Cisneros.

The organization’s founders were very grateful for SATF’s help.

“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much. With this donation, we are able to continue to provide a safe place for Armona’s youth to spend time off the streets, and receive mentorship and support as they navigate life’s challenges. This mission would not be possible without the generosity of organizations like yours,” the Haleys said.

Story by Lt. Brent Urban.

Refuge building in Armona.
Refuge Armona provides a safe place for children.

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