Nonprofit provides affordable transportation for families visiting incarcerated loved ones
A California organization established during the pandemic to provide safe transportation services to families of incarcerated people is now offering rides to visit loved ones in prison, including San Quentin.
Immaculate Helping Hands, a nonprofit organization co-founded by Julia A. Williams, plans to provide affordable transportation services to keep families connected between Los Angeles and San Quentin. “Each van has wheelchair lifts and plastic barriers that divide passengers to allow for safe and social distancing,” according to the organization.
Transportation services will begin later this year and will be available once per month to those visiting on Friday and Saturday. Interested families can contact the organization at the following email address: immaculatehelpinghands.org@ gmail.com.
The more rides that are booked, the more often the services will be available. The nonprofit’s resources are used to provide wrap-around services to families of incarcerated people. These include medication pick-ups, shopping assistance, and transportation to appointments. They also have a mobile shower service for the homeless. The services are extended to the sick and elderly in Los Angeles area communities.
The organization also helps incarcerated people send gifts to family and friends. One favorite is a coffee mug that reveals a hidden message of love when filled with a warm beverage. The company also provides teddy bears and fragrances for daughters, wives and mothers during special times of the year.