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Thursday, 11 September 2014 19:28

California Men’s Colony Auto-Body Program Gives Face-Lift to Forklift

Since his first day on the job, Elvin Valenzuela, warden of the California Men’s Colony, has made a point to reach out to other law enforcement agencies in need in San Luis Obispo County.

The most recent gesture by California Men's Colony was made possible with the assistance of Vocational Auto Body Instructor, Thomas Wilt, and the inmates assigned to his class.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office had purchased an overused forklift in need of serious repair.

When asked if there was anything California Men's Colony could do to help, Warden Valenzuela was happy to continue his tradition of helping the community.

The organization took the time to not only restore the forklift, but transform the piece of equipment into a “work of art,” according to those in the program.

Warden Valenzuela and his crew were happy to present Sheriff Ian Parkinson with his newly refurbished forklift as a good neighbor gesture.

It was also an opportunity for the inmates involved to give back to the community, according to the organization's officials.

The warden and the rest of the California Men's Colony look forward to more projects of this nature and opportunities to extend a helping hand.

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