2018-01-10 / News

Thumb Correction prisoners craft new desk for FLC in Lapeer


Family Literacy Center Program Coordinator Meredith Donahue (center) oversaw the installation of the new desk as Thumb Correctional Facility departmental analyst Hakim El-Amin and building trades instructor Don Krchmar provided the elbow grease. 
Photo by Nicholas Pugliese Family Literacy Center Program Coordinator Meredith Donahue (center) oversaw the installation of the new desk as Thumb Correctional Facility departmental analyst Hakim El-Amin and building trades instructor Don Krchmar provided the elbow grease. Photo by Nicholas Pugliese LAPEER — The Family Literacy Center had a desk problem. Secretary Mary Bond was in need of a new command center to properly maintain records, respond to communications and guide incoming students. And now, thanks to an arrangement with the Thumb Correctional Facility, she’s got one.

Building trades instructor at Thumb Correctional Facility (TCF) Don Krchmar provides skill training in carpentry to prisoners, and on Monday morning, he and TCF departmental analyst Hakim El-Amin delivered the Family Literacy Center a desk constructed by Krchmar’s students. “They were very happy to make this,” said Krchmar of his students. In addition to carpentry, Thumb Correctional Facility also provides hospitality training, anger management, employee readiness, soft skill training and GED programs for prisoners in an effort to ensure that upon release, each prisoner will have the tools to reintegrate into society.

According to FLC Executive Director Mary Shelton-Wiese, while the wood was provided by the FLC, the labor, including construction of the desk, was provided free of charge.

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