Our HOLLYWOOD IMPACT STUDIOS/LASD ALUMNI CONTINUUM (wow that’s a mouth full) continues to grow. For those who may not know, this is a support group for those family members who have someone who is incarcerated and for those who have gotten out of jail and prison. It’s a safe place to discuss everything. Help with jobs, housing, and everyday struggles. We meet every Tuesday night from 7 PM to 9 PM at Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita.
For the past seven years, we have gone out and supported Angel Tree, (a ministry of Prison Fellowship). We go out buy Christmas gifts for children of the incarcerated and give those gifts to the children making sure they know it is from their incarcerated parent. Research has shown that if you keep a relationship between the child of an incarcerated parent and their parent intact, the chances of that child ending up in jail/prison drops dramatically.
Our annual tradition is to meet at In N Out Burgers for dinner.
Then we load into vans and head out to sing Christmas carols and deliver the gifts.
It was a great night. We had 22 Hollywood Impact-ers volunteer for this year’s event.
Thanks to all who helped. And thank you to Prison Fellowship for offering this ministry.
BLACK FRIDAY, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, CYBER MONDAY…. BUT PLEASE REMEMBER…
#GIVING TUESDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2017
#GivingTuesday 2017 funds will benefit THE NON-PROFIT, FAITH-BASED, HOLLYWOOD IMPACT STUDIOS REHABILITATION & VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER/MIRACLE MOUNTAIN, helping those people coming out of jail, prison and long-term drug recovery programs to become substance free, morally strong, vocationally trained so they may return to society as productive citizens.
As we begin to open our vocational training center we are in great need of funding. Please remember us this holiday season by giving
Please support us using our online Givelify account: https://giv.li/0dknyq
Wishing you a Blessed and Peace-filled Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for.
Gary & Cyndi Hall
and the entire HOLLYWOOD IMPACT STUDIOS team
Members: Guidestar (Non-Profit version of the BBB)
We held our first class on Miracle Mountain and solved a problem at the same time. The problem: we had a huge bee hive inside a wall of the big house on the lower compound.
We brought down master bee keeper Art Hall from San Jose to teach “Introduction to Bee Keeping”.
After some classroom instruction we headed to the wood shop to build bee hives (the bees new home).
We had sixteen students of different ages and background. All were very enthusiastic and involved. Lots of good bonding time, laughter and fellowship, though you wouldn’t know it by our facial expressions (except Richie!).
Even a few of the our kids helped in building the bee hives.
Then it was back to the classroom to try on our bee suits.
Whew! all that on Friday…
Saturday we suited up and headed to the lower compound to begin the process of moving our visitors to their new home.
It was an extremely long day, and hot! The bees were not as enthusiastic as we were so progress was slow, but we still needed to get our new bees safely into their new home.
Sunday we housed them and moved them into their new neighborhood. No, not Sesame Street. Bees need to be in full sunlight and besides, Oscar wouldn’t be thrilled with bees digging around in his garbage!
We also learned how to take care of our new bees in their hive and the bee hive that Art (our instructor) donated. We learned it’s best to have two bee hives so you can tell if something is wrong with a hive, or not.
On Monday we learned the profession of bee keeping, harvesting honey, wax and propolis. We tasted honey from our very own hive and said goodbye to our instructor.
It was truly an excellent class. Learned a lot and saved a hive of bees an preserved our environment and will tie in nicely to our organic gardening class, but that’s for another time down the road.
Thanks be to God for keeping us all safe, even in the heat and a special thank you to Art Hall, Master Bee Keeper!
Everyone at HOLLYWOOD IMPACT STUDIOS REHABILITATION & VOCATION TRAINING CENTER wants to send out a huge
THANK YOU to AVID TECHNOLOGY for their generous gift of 25 Avid licenses. This gift will go a long way to change the lives of our students as they move to a new and brighter future.
To find out more about Avid technology go to: www.avid.com
Thank you so much!!!
I know it’s been awhile since my last post. It has been busy at HOLLYWOOD IMPACT STUDIOS in all three ministries (In-Jail Program, Alumni Program & Miracle Mountain.) God has been blessing all three.
Last month we wanted to thank our volunteers who have been giving so much of their time. So we had a FUN DAY THANK YOU B-B-Q at Miracle Mountain. Here are some of the photos.
Tony Mendoza raised the roof with his music. Everyone enjoyed it so much.
While Larry was B-B-Qinghot dogs and hamburgers, I was able to get in a quick game of basketball.
We caught with some long time friends like James Beard from Pitchess Detention Center.
It was just a great day. Thank you again to all of our volunteers and supporters!