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June 25, 2007

Indianapolis organization wins Purdue's 'Inspiring Families' award

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A program focusing on families at the Indiana Women's Prison received the sixth Inspiring Families and Building Communities Award from Purdue's College of Consumer and Family Sciences.

The award honors organizations that have a direct impact on the community and improve the lives of families. The winner, the Family Preservation Program at the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis, will receive a certificate and a $1,000 cash award on June 30. The award will be presented by Dennis Savaiano, dean of the College of Consumer and Family Sciences, at the annual family picnic.

"The Family Preservation Program at the Indiana Women's Prison for 2007 is a wonderful example of how collaboration within a community can truly make a difference for Hoosier families," Savaiano said.

The primary goal of the Indiana Women’s Prison’s Family Preservation Program is to intervene in the lives of incarcerated mothers and their children and ultimately reduce trans-generational incarceration. The Family Preservation Program coordinates a prenatal program, a children’s center and a summer camp for children. 

Programming and/or financial support for the children and women comes from organizations such as the Junior League, the Police Athletic League’s G.R.E.A.T. program, the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana and the Indiana State Department of Health. In March 2007, a local Eagle Scout troop donated and built a playground on the prison grounds.

The Inspiring Families and Building Communities Award is made possible by Purdue alumnus Paul Zmola and the College of Consumer and Family Sciences. Zmola earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1944, 1947 and 1950, respectively. Zmola also received the Friend of Purdue Award in 1992.

Zmola's devotion to the College of Consumer and Family Sciences is linked to his wife, Gertrude, a Purdue Extension specialist in the 1960s who died at an early age. In honor of his wife, he previously established the Monhaut-Zmola Fellowship, which provides Extension educators with a study fellowship. He also established a fund to award outstanding graduate students in consumer and family economics.

Nomination forms for next year's Inspiring Families and Building Communities Award will be available in 2007 on the College of Consumer and Family Sciences' Web site.

Media contact: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Karen DeZarn, (765) 494-8252, kdezarn@purdue.edu

Betty Cunningham, Indiana Women's Prison, (317) 639-2672, extension 296. bcunningham@doc.in.gov

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