Gordon Philanthropies and the Community Participant Mother Program (CPMP) hosted a park day for incarcerated mothers and their families.
The event featured a special reading of the beloved children’s book “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper.
Fun family activities for the day also included:
- egg races
- card games
- face painting
- and toy train painting.
Partnership for reentry
The mother program is part of the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (LA CADA).
“Thanks to (our) partnership, this picnic created an opportunity to see families enjoy the day. Seeing an incarcerated woman lovingly embrace her child on a beautiful park day affirms the need to value the humanity of all parents and children. It is our hope that through events like these, we can help close the gap between mother and child separation,” said Sylvia Beanes, Gordon Philanthropies, Inc. Executive Director.
The event provided an opportunity for incarcerated mothers and their families to gather and create unforgettable moments together. Families attending the event received books and goody bags on behalf of Gordon Philanthropies, Inc.
“We are grateful for the partnership with Gordon Philanthropies. Because of their generosity, our library and parenting center is filled with educational, vocational, inspirational, and children’s books. CPMP is a place of bonding families together. CPMP and Gordon Philanthropies share the same vision in the importance of education. Having reading time provides a unique bonding time for the mother and an early educational start for our children,” said Pamela Dixson-Stamps, Correctional Counselor III for CPMP.
Story submitted by Pamela Dixson-Stamps, CCIII
Division of Rehabilitative Programs