Community Involvement

Pelican Bay staff, residents promote health

Pelican Bay prison captain and a man at a skilled nursing facility beside a decorated planter box.
Capt. M. Betzinger presents a planter box to a local skilled nursing facility. The box was crafted by incarcerated gardeners.

Promoting health, Pelican Bay prison staff and residents donated a piece of nature to a nursing home and promoted Overdose Awareness Day.

Pelican Bay uses nature to bring hope and health

The Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) Facility D Garden Club donated a piece of nature to a local nursing home. The hand-painted planter box was created for residents of the Crescent City Skilled Nursing Home. The box, along with a little bear and mushroom, were all crafted by the incarcerated garden club members.

The completed box contained an oak tree, redwood tree, Moses in the Cradle plant, cowslip, and goosefoot. The plants and the paint themes were like having a little piece of Del Norte County in a box.

On Aug. 24, the planter box was presented by Captain Michael Betzinger, Facility D, to the Crescent City Skilled Nursing Home residents and staff who were delighted and thankful to see the gift.

Overdose Awareness Day recognized by staff, incarcerated

A week later, staff participated in Overdose Awareness Day. PBSP staged up at the facility in entrances passing out purple ribbons, pamphlets, and information on overdose awareness to staff.

Continuing with the awareness events, PBSP’s residents received overdose awareness information in the classroom and were allowed to create chalk drawings on the facility floors.

Submitted by Nancy Sandquist, Executive Assistant to Warden Robertson.

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