Utilizing materials donated by the community, inmates learn useful skills while creating clothing, toys, blankets, aids for the elderly, mats for the homeless, journals, braille books, and other articles.
Board members gather the donated materials and then transport and distribute the completed articles through over twenty charitable agencies in Lexington and surrounding areas.
Current projects include:
Animal Assisted Activities – A Community Relations Board member conducts this program within the institution.
Braille – Inmates are trained to be Braillists. The Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) distributes books, quilts, and specialized blocks.
Eastern Kentucky University Criminal Justice Students’ Community Service Projects – Inmates make various items that are distributed to local nursing home residents, victims of domestic violence and their children, and others in need in the area.
Horticulture – The program includes instruction in Basic Plant Science, Landscaping, Floral Design and Business Operations. Each student spends at least 25 hours working on the grounds.
Journals – Blank diaries made by inmates are delivered to various local agencies.
Sewing-Knitting-Crocheting– Inmates make clothing, blankets, baby items, and toys for the needy.
Quilting – Inmates are taught the art of quilting and donate the quilts to local agencies to fulfill various needs.
Special Events – Participants with developmental disabilities compete in various activities in a positive setting, providing an opportunity for them to demonstrate courage and improve personal and social skills.
Wooden Toys – Inmates make unique wooden items, primarily for distribution during the holiday season