The Northwest Regional Office of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), housed at Western Oregon University, has implemented a project to help those newly released from Marion County jails transition into the community.
WOU students associated with CJCJ are working with the Marion County Sheriffs' Office to provide homeless persons released from Marion County jails with a backpack filled with hygiene products, small stationary items, basic clothing necessities and first aid supplies.
The backpacks will also include listings of employment opportunities as well as social, medical and mental health resources.
The students involved will host two fund-raising events in May. A combination car wash, bake sale and yard sale will be held at the Les Schwab tire store at 1710 Lancaster Dr. NE in Salem from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 21. A second such event will be held at the Shop'n Kart in Woodburn, 1542 Mt. Hood Ave., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. Donations are tax deductible.
For more information: 503-838-8912 or www.cjcj.org.