Community Involvement

CMC staff throws housewarming party for Lumina Alliance

CMC staff stand next to a table full of donations for Lumina Alliance.,
With one of eight tables full of donated items are, from left, CMC Health Program Manager III Nuno Da Luz, Lumina Alliance Representative Holly West, CMC Warden (A) Danny Samuel and Lumina Alliance Representative Erika Neel.

On October 21, California Men’s Colony (CMC) staff came together and donated thousands of dollars in home goods to Lumina Alliance of San Luis Obispo.

The group provides support and resources for those who have suffered from domestic and intimate partner violence or sexual assault.

Various CMC departments and office areas sponsor one of eight tables that were filled with kitchenware, bedding material, baby supplies and decorations meant to make any house feel like a home.

While the estimated value of the donated items was difficult to determine, the dignity felt by those who will receive these items along with safe and secure housing is priceless.

Lumina Alliance was formed by the merging of two organizations, Stand Strong and RISE (Respect, Inspire, Support, Empower). Both provided for the transitional housing needed by those fleeing abusive relationships. As each family or individual moves out of the transitional housing, Lumina Alliance refurbishes the home with new linens, cleaning supplies and decor in order to make the new residents feel the comfort of home they have been denied for so long.

Lumina Alliance representative Holly West said these supplies could not have come at a better time. Recently, four transitional homes were vacated and are in need of refurbishing. The items provided by the staff of CMC will take care of those homes and many more in the future.

By Lieutenant John Hill.

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