On June 16th, there will be 27 who are sponsored by Holy Family Church, joining 13 from Orange County. This bus is comprised of two drivers, 5 GOTB volunteers, 9 caregivers, and 28 children & grandchildren. The bus will arrive at 3:30a from Orange County and we will all share breakfast at the St. Joseph Center. At 4:00a we will all get on the bus for the five hour ride to central California and the Salinas Valley State Prison. Once we arrive, we will be split between two complexes and go through security. Once admitted, the children will visit with their fathers and have lunch together. Around 3:00p we will say our goodbyes and return to the bus. We will head to Greenfield Memorial Hall where we will meet with Valerie and Veronica Golden at 4:30 pm to share our experiences, have dinner, and the children will receive teddy bears and stay connected bags. We will leave around 5:00p and should return to South Pasadena around 11:00p.
This bus will include a person who has not seen her father since she was two. That was sixteen years ago. Late last year, she was able to reconnect with her father through FACEBOOK. With her father’s submission of his request through the prison system it was approved and forwarded to GOTB and we received it as part of our applicants. Through your generosity, a father and daughter will be reunited this Father’s Day. A reunion long overdue and made possible by you.
Candy & Jay Krueger