Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Division of Parole Operations Sponsors Second Annual “Dress For Success” Event to Help Women Parolees

FOR IMMEDIATE
June 16, 2010

Contact:
Peggy Bengs (916) 445-4950
Kelly Placeres, Parole Agent III
Stockton Parole Office (209) 948-7652

Community Organizations Donate Business Clothes to Help Female Ex-Offenders Find a Job

STOCKTON -- The right wardrobe can make all the difference in helping change the lives of others. That’s the motivation behind the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) second annual “Dress for Success” event that offers female parolees donated business attire to help them find the right job and stay employed. The event, held today at the Stockton parole office, is sponsored by CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) in partnership with local organizations.

“These women are actively seeking a better life,” said Parole Agent III Kelly Placeres, who coordinated the event. “Appropriate business attire empowers women to find a good job, help provide for their families, become productive members of their communities – and stay out of prison.”

The Division of Parole Operations (DAPO) oversees approximately 12,500 female parolees living in California. Parole agents are committed to public safety through enforcement of parole conditions but also to helping parolees integrate into society as productive, crime-free citizens.

The Dress for Success event gives female ex-offenders the tools they need to succeed. Women participating have been working to improve their lives in programs ranging from substance abuse treatment to recovering from trauma.

Local businesses, churches and other organizations made donations of new or gently used suits. Two business suits with accessories as well as additional work attire are made available to women who are actively pursuing employment and those who are currently employed and need assistance with clothing.

Among those attending are parolees from the Eldorado House in Stockton, a Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program (FOTEP), which provides gender-responsive counseling services to enable the female participants to successfully reintegrate into the community; and includes substance abuse, family reunification, vocational training and employment services.

Other participants are traveling from the Female Residential Multi-Service Center (FRMSC) program facilities in Sacramento and a FOTEP program in Treasure Island in San Francisco. This program provides gender-specific services for women who suffer from trauma and substance abuse issues. Members of the Stockton’s Women’s Support Group sponsored by DAPO’s Stockton parole office are also attending.

CDCR’s gender-responsive programs are an important component of the department’s overall strategy to provide rehabilitative services that address the specific needs of female offenders throughout incarceration and parole.

Organizations in San Joaquin or Sacramento counties that wish to donate clothing should contact Kelly Placeres, Parole Agent III, Stockton Parole Office, at (209) 948-7652.

To view highlights of last year’s event, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBhJUt4EY3Q