Incarcerated Veteran’s Resource Fair held at the Barbara Ester Unit
On November 17, 2017, the Barbara Ester Unit held an Incarcerated Veteran's Resource Fair for inmate veterans. The Craighead County Veteran's Monument Foundation donated $1,000 which will be used for the coverage and awning of the Veteran's Exercise Yard. The Department of Child Support Enforcement, Delta EEOC, Arkansas Workforce, Disabled Veteran's Outreach, Veteran's Outreach were among some of our vendors. Director Wendy Kelley, Research and Planning Administrator Tiffanye Compton, Think Legacy/Reentry Coordinator Nicole Smart were some of our staff members in attendance. All 75 of inmate veterans present were thanked for their service. The event was catered by the Whole Hogg Cafe from Little Rock, Arkansas.
EARU Inmate Coucil Veteran’s Day Program
On November 15, 2017, the East Arkansas Regional Unit Inmate Council sponsored its first Veterans Day event. The event was held in the Uniy Chapel, sixty-one (61) veteran inmates present. The program consists of guest speaker Andre Jones, Veteran Outreach Specialist, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, EARU Chaplain Arlen Parham and Deputy Warden James Dycus. Veteran inmates were treated to a meal of fried chicken, mash potatoes with gravy, green beans, rolls and cookies. The inmates were also shown a movie during the meal. This was the Inmate Councils first attempt sponsoring a Veteran's Day event and it was a great success.
2017 Red Ribbon Run
The 28th Annual Red Ribbon Walk/Run, sponsored by the ADC, was held October 28, 2017 at JRMC Wellness Center in Pine Bluff. We had a total of 183 submissions for the walk/run. The event began with a continental breakfast and music from the Cummins Prison Band. Awards were given to the top three male and female finishers in 12 age divisions. Proceeds from the 5K Run allows a minimum of 5 scholarships to be awarded to graduating high school seniors of ADC/CCS employee children and children in Jefferson County.
East Arkansas Regional Unit Staff Recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and in remembrance of those effected by the disease, staff at the EARU went Pink! Staff wore pink and held up signs suppporting a cure for breast cancer. Special recognition went to Records Supervisor, Pam Dover, who is a survivor of the disease.
1st Annual ACC Phenomenal Woman Conference
Staff members from around the agency attended the 1st Annual Phenomenal Woman Conference hosted by Arkansas Community Correction on September 15, 2017. The focus of the conference was to empower, motivate an encourage women. Former Miss Arkansas 2011, Kristen Glover Belew, (who is the grand daughter of Board of Correction member Bobby Glover), spoke to the women about her journey to become Miss Arkansas, the importance of having a positive attitude an helping others. Pictured with Miss Arkansas (left) is Tameca Giles and (right) Angela R. West.