Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Staff Recognized During Correctional Professionals' Appreciation Week

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Indiana Department of Correction

Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
6908 Old US Highway 41 South
Carlisle, IN 47838-0500


FOR RELEASE: Upon Receipt

Teresa Littlejohn
Public Information Officer
(812) 398-5050 ext. 4110

Date: May 6, 2020

Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Staff Recognized
During Correctional Professionals' Appreciation Week

Carlisle, Ind. - Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) staff are being given tokens of appreciation to show that all IDOC staff are in this together.  Their dedication to the mission of the Department, even in a time such as this, is something that needs to be acknowledged.  It takes true heroes to report to work each and every day, risking their own safety to ensure the operations in the individual facilities are maintained.

As everyone is well aware, corrections staff are considered essential staff.  They must be present at the facility to maintain the safety of not only the offender population, but also the public.  Across the IDOC, staff have worked tirelessly to incorporate procedures to limit the spread of COVID-19, all while continuing to perform their regularly assigned duties.  Their efforts, along with those of the offender population, are making a difference.

Individuals who hold essential jobs are not the only ones who are facing their fears though, their families are right there with them.  When essential employees, like Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF) staff ,walk out of their homes to report to work, their family members know that they risk contracting COVID-19 at some point during their day.  As such, the IDOC wanted to do Family Give-a-Ways to show they recognize this is a difficult time for both employees and their families.

Retention & Recruitment Coordinator David Wence presented the #InThisTogether Family Give-a-Ways to WVCF staff, stating, "I would like to thank all the WVCF staff for overcoming all the recent challenges they have had to face, and express my gratitude for their dedication to WVCF."

Officer River Smith received one of the baskets being given to custody.  When asked about why he comes to work every day regardless of the risk to his own safety, he said, "We all started as friends and became a family."

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The baskets that are being given away to custody staff are full of items that they can share with their families.

Caseworker Jerricha Meeks was one of the non-custody recipients of a State Park Pass.  When she was asked about what the give-a-way meant to her she said, "It was a wonderful surprise to receive the state parks gift card.  It's great to know that the Department sees and appreciates the work we are doing every day and we are not alone.  This is something my family can enjoy with me and I'm grateful for that."

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The State Park Entrance Permits that are being given away to non-custody staff are an excellent opportunity for them to get out and make memories with their family.


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