Oregon Corrections Enterprises
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"The mission of Oregon Corrections Enterprises, in partnership with the Department of Corrections, is to promote public safety by providing inmate work and training opportunities in a self-sustaining organization.”
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Inmate Made Products Make it Full-Circle
Friday, August 15, 2014, Shelly’s House, a non-profit that provides safe, drug-free, transitional housing for women offenders at risk of homelessness in Marion County, received a donation of wardrobes and a conference table. While, this donation by itself does not stand out, how and where these products came from are of note. All items are inmate made products. The inmate made products were sold, used in the public, and then donated back to the non-profit to be used again by women offenders.
“We’re so appreciative to Oregon State University for the donation and to Oregon Corrections Enterprises for coordinating it”, says Linda Sutton, resident manager of Shelly’s House. “The wardrobes are a huge improvement over what we had.”
Oregon Corrections Enterprises, Furniture Factory, an inmate work program, located inside the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, produced all the pieces donated. The wardrobes were sold originally to Oregon State University from Oregon Corrections Enterprises. The university purchased the wardrobes for use in one of its dormitories, then generously donated them to Shelly’s House still in excellent condition. The conference table came directly from Oregon Corrections Enterprises to Shelly’s House. “I had to chuckle when I heard the residents describe the donated wardrobes as huge. You don’t think of dorm furniture as spacious. It gives you an idea of the improvement the new furniture represents. Our existing wardrobes were simply inadequate. ” Paul Peloquin, Shelly’s House Treasurer.