Inmates at the Women’s Honor Farm in collaboration with Restorative Partners presented fifty handmade lap quilts and afghans to Bella Vista Transition Care Tuesday.
The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s office housed the event on behalf of both groups. Bella Vista Transitional Care in San Luis Obispo provides short-term rehabilitation care for injured, disabled or sick persons.
The Rehabilitation Team works together with their patients, keeping in mind the unique and special needs of each individual with the goal of allowing their patients to continue to function at their highest possible level and to preserve their independence.
The Women’s Honor Farm inmates were filled with a sense of pride through this project. Many had never sewn before but were eager to learn new skills and be a part of this project. Some even developed a love for the craft and have come to use it as a way to pass the time.
“We have women who have never sewn before creating beautiful quilts. They are amazing, so colorful and each one as different as the women of the San Luis Obispo County Farm themselves,” said Sister Theresa Harpin, Director of Restorative Partners.
This Restorative Justice program is based on the practice that equates a crime committed with a debt repaid.
Projects like these alleviate tension, promote communication, and most importantly, allow these women to learn what it feels like to be a value to society by giving back to the community.