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Stockton youth offenders, families reconnect thanks to bus program

August 13, 2019

Deacon Fidel Carrillo, Catholic Chaplain at Northern California Youth Correctional Center in the Diocese of Stockton recently was apart of the coordinating team that made possible a special event at the youth correctional facilities in Stockton. A chartered bus made stops in Los Angeles and Fresno areas bringing families to the youth facilities to be reunited after not seeing each other for some time. Thanks to funding from the California Conference of Catholic Bishops, private donations and fundraising events made this possible! 

On the second weekend of June, a chartered bus rolled into Stockton after making stops in Los Angeles, Sylmar, Bakersfield and Fresno in order to reunite youth with their families, some who had not seen each other in years.

Organized by staff members and religious services chaplains at the Northern California Youth Correctional Center (NCYCC), and paid for entirely by fundraisers and donations, families without financial means or transportation issues were welcomed with complimentary meals and lodging, and most importantly, emotional reunions with their loved ones.

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