For the past couple of years, Mary’s Helpers has been assisting the men at Kewanee Life Skills Re-entry Center, a transitional facility run by the Illinois Department of Corrections, with donations of clothing, machinery and many other miscellaneous goods. The men at Kewanee are in a transitional program that teaches them various life skills, including employment trades, needed to be successful at living in the outside world.
Warden Charles Johnson recently assumed administration of the IDOC facility. Impressed by the level of participation of the men in the program using the donations from Mary’s Helpers, he has written us a letter of thanks, expressing his optimism for the future of the men at Kewanee and his gratitude for those who help make that possible.
Dozens of gallons of paint were included among the items donated. The men have used this paint to create some really amazing art work in the form of decorative murals, lining the halls of the facility. You can see some of the art work here.
Please read the letter he recently sent us. It is a true testimonial to the power that assistance, charity and grace can work in the lives of those in need.
We implore you to give your items to our ministry to support the men of Kewanee. Please contact Karl Schmitz at 309-231-7303 to find out how you can help!