HomeAid Inland Empire Building New Wing at California Institution for Women in Corona

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HomeAid Inland Empire, one of 22 HomeAid America(TM) chapters nationwide, is renovating a 2,800 square foot wing of the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona. This remodeled housing space, will allow incarcerated women at CIW to remain united with their newborn children while they receive job and life skills training as they prepare for release. HomeAid is dedicated to building or renovating shelters for transitionally homeless men, women and children. The work at the CIW, valued at $150,000, will be completed with the help of volunteers and donations from the homebuilding community.

The lives of mothers incarcerated at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona are destined to change dramatically with the completion of a wing at the facility that will be renovated by HomeAid Inland Empire and Fred Agudelo Construction. This remodeled 2,800 square foot space will allow the women to remain united with their newborn children while they receive job and life skills training as they prepare for release. The housing wing, scheduled to be completed in July, is one of four transitional shelters currently being developed by HomeAid Inland Empire (http://www.homeaidie.org).

HomeAid Inland Empire is one of 22 HomeAid Americaâ„¢ chapters nationwide whose mission is to build or renovate shelters for transitionally homeless men, women and children.

The new wing at the CIW, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facility, will include 20 adult beds and 14 newborn beds. This new HomeAid Inland Empire shelter, designed by HMC Architects of Ontario, and valued at $150,000, will be completed with the help of volunteers and donations from the homebuilding community. The HomeAid Inland Empire chapter is seeking additional monetary donations and construction materials, as well as trade volunteers to complete the renovation at the California Institution for Women.

"We are anxious to complete the wing at the CIW and provide a suitable home for the 'Bonding Mothers and Babies Program' within the California Department of Corrections," said John Adams, Board President of HomeAid Inland Empire. "The work on the wing, under the direction of Builder Captain Fred Agudelo Construction, is moving forward on schedule, but we still need more than $50,000 and the assistance of a commercial plumber and commercial electrician to complete this shelter project on time. Our goal is to embrace and assist local social service and care provider agencies that are committed to providing shelter to the transitionally homeless by building dignified housing where families and individuals can rebuild their lives in a dignified way," Adams said.

"We are extremely thankful to HomeAid Inland Empire and its subcontractors and suppliers in the home building community who so generously have stepped up to help build this new wing at the CIW," said Dawn Davison, CIW warden. "The wing will provide a safe and secure environment for non-violent pregnant female inmates approaching release. Our goal is to allow new born babies to remain with their mothers as they approach transition from our institution, and to provide them with the necessary skills to break the cycle of incarceration. It is enlightening when members of the building industry give back in such a generous way to their community through projects such as this."

The primary mission of the California Institution for Woman is to provide a safe and secure environment for low to high level female offenders. This mission is further defined by the state's responsibility to provide quality health care and institution programs specifically geared to meet the special needs of female offenders. Specialized programs include academic and vocational programs, pre-release and substance abuse programming, pre-forestry and camp training, an arts in corrections program and a wide variety of inmate self-help groups and community betterment projects.

For more information about HomeAid Inland Empire or to find out how you can donate or volunteer, call (951) 686-0628. For information about the "Bonding Mothers with Babies" program go to http://www.biabuild.com/ciw.html.

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