|(HOUSTON, TX) – Inmates participating in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Inmate Education Program, in collaboration with Houston Community College, have built stairs for a homeowner in need. The stairs will be installed by HCC staff on Friday morning.|
The homeowner, Johanna Frank, is a working, single mother with a disabled child. The stairs to her mobile home's front entrance have been in need of repair for some time but she couldn't afford to pay for the project, estimated at about $1,200. Mrs. Frank’s situation was brought to the attention of the HCSO’s Community Support Bureau by an HCSO staff member. The bureau immediately decided to help.
This project is one of the program’s first in which the beneficiary of the inmates’ work is a resident in need. The goal is to have more low income, disabled and/or elderly residents benefit.
The HCSO Inmate Education Program gives inmates the opportunity to build and improve their vocational skills. When they complete the program, inmates receive a certificate that can help them obtain a job upon their release from jail. Jobs can help them become law-abiding and productive citizens of our community, which will in turn help reduce recidivism and alleviate overcrowding in the jail.
Photos of the project are attached.
WHO: Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Houston Community College
WHAT: Installation of stairs
WHEN: Friday, December 18, 2009
WHERE: 18902 Azalea Way
Spring, TX 77379