Arizona State Prison Complex-Kingman Offenders Bring Hope to People Worldwide

(KINGMAN, Arizona)– After months of hard work, the Arizona State Prison Complex-Kingman will load 220 refurbished wheelchairs bound for disabled, low-income individuals in Niteroi, Brazil (near Rio de Janeiro). For the past two and a half years, offenders at the Kingman facility have restored used wheelchairs for the Wheels for the World program. This delivery will include the 2,000th wheelchair restored by Kingman offenders!

“We’re extremely grateful to be a part of this program,” said Steve Marsh, who coordinates Wheels for the World at the facility. “Right now we have 26 offenders who are a part of the program. This project gives offenders an opportunity to learn mechanical skills and teamwork. It also allows them to give back. It’s a win-win situation. Nearly all of the wheelchair recipients had neither the opportunity nor the hope of ever being mobile. These wheelchairs literally bring people out of the dark and into the light.”

The Kingman facility is one of 15 correctional facilities nationwide which restores wheelchairs for the program. The like-new wheelchairs are shipped around the world and carefully matched to the recipients.

Complex Manager Jerry Sternes added, “This project is worth the effort. We’ve seen pictures of wheelchair recipients with huge smiles on their face. These wheelchairs are life changing, and we’re grateful to be involved.”

For more information on the Wheels for the World program visit: http://www.joniandfriends.org/wheels-for-the-world/

For more information contact: Warden Jerry Sternes
Office: 928-565-2460 or jerry.sternes@mtctrains.com