Clothes for those released from prison are neededWhen incarcerated individuals leave prison, they have limited possessions. They leave with a box of their belongings.
A program at Washington Corrections Center (WCC) seeks to help these individuals entering the community – and it needs your help.
WCC has a Release Clothing Closet. Since 2013, the program has given sets of gently used clothing to people who have completed their prison sentences at WCC. The program is looking for community volunteers to help staff the closet on a daily basis.
According to Superintendent Dan White, WCC releases more incarcerated individuals per year than any other prison in the state. “The clothing closet provides a valuable resource for supporting successful reentry and transition of our incarcerated population back into the community,” White said. “Appropriate clothing needed upon release affords these individuals the ability to walk out of prison with a higher level of dignity and self-respect that, in turn, leads to greater success.”
The clothing is collected through donations by individual community members and organizations. Behavior Alert and Reentry Specialist Jeff Sanders currently oversees the program.
How You Can Help:
- Donate new or gently used men’s clothing by dropping it in the facility’s blue donation bin located at the entrance to the flag pole parking lot area. Clothing needing minor repairs is accepted and repaired. Also in need of new donated backpacks and duffle bags.
- Volunteer needed to assist with unloading the donation bin and organizing all donations.
Anyone interested in volunteering with the clothing closet or collecting/processing donations, please contact Jeff Sanders by email (email) or call (360) 426-4433 extension 5342.