Silent Auction- This event was a tremendous success. It sold out, was filled with great items, and raised over $13,000. Given that and the money raised from the Unity Campaign, a high of $12,670, as well as other fundraisers had this year, we will be able to buy many resources for children and their families.
Every Wednesday evening female inmates receive parenting classes at the Detention center. There are eight sessions, and if they are successfully completed, the attendee receives a certificate of graduation from the program and ten days off their sentence. This popular class is always well attended and is a favorite for inmates, as well as the COIPP volunteers
Workshops have been held at the Housing Authority and Head Start for parents who wish to talk about children's feelings, especially coping with anger. Many caregivers turned out for the events, for there were two sessions to each workshop. Everyone who attended both sessions received not only blankets, stress balls, bubble turners, handmade lap quilts and pillow cases, but also received a library of 8-10 quality books on feelings for their children. In other words, everyone left with the beginning of a quality early childhood library.
The Fall Resource Fair was held in October during men's visitation at the Frederick Adult Detention Center. In the first hour of the fair, over 120 pairs of shoes were given out to children who have an incarcerated loved one, as were blankets, resource bags, hygiene supplies, information for caregivers, and much more. Face painting was done, and books were given out. A great success.
Two Frederick Community College students received scholarships of $1,000 each for their education. Each scholarship winner has an incarcerated loved one and is raising a child. We are working with FCC to choose four more scholarship winners for the Spring.