Community Involvement, Rehabilitation

Avenal prison is Crafting for the Community

Crafting for the Community participants create stuffed animals while sitting at a table.
Avenal State Prison incarcerated men are Crafting for the Community, a project helping children.

Project offers kids comfort, support and stability

Crafting for the Community is not just the name of the program, but also the act of service Avenal State Prison’s (ASP) population are providing.

Crafting for the Community participants design and crochet stuffed toys which eventually end up in the arms of children. Looking for ways to serve the community, Dee Lovette, Community Resources Manager, turned her focus toward children by partnering with Kings County Human Services Agency.

When children are removed from homes, they are given stuffed animals, providing comfort.

There are hundreds of children in care who need loving homes. These children are all emotionally impacted. Therefore, the stuffed animals comfort as well as provide a sense of support and stability.

To take the best care of children in their custody, a collaborative effort is made involving:

  • mental health
  • schools
  • hospitals
  • law enforcement.

“This agency can’t survive without community support and appreciate the collaboration with Avenal State Prison,” said Sequoia Battiest, Social Service Supervisor.

Story by Dee Lovette, Community Resources Manager
Submitted by Lt. J. Campbell

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