The Taylorville Correctional Center will reach a milestone July 3rd when inmates complete building the facility’s 200th house for Habitat for Humanity. The house will become the new home of a family in Sangamon County.
The program at Taylorville CC is a partnership between the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) and Habitat for Humanity. This effort enables inmates in the Construction Trades class at the facility to build housing components for Habitat for Humanity homes which are constructed for low-income families. The vocational class is provided through a contract with Lake Land Community College in Mattoon.
“This program is the essence of the mission of the Illinois Department of Corrections: to educate and give offenders job skills, rehabilitate and prepare them to return to their communities,” said IDOC Director S.A. “Tony” Godinez. “These inmates learn the construction trade, the satisfaction of a hard day’s work, the importance of self worth and giving back to others—all valuable lessons that will greatly help them successfully re-enter their communities.”
Taylorville CC began its partnership with Habitat for Humanity and LSSI in 1998. Since that time, more than 350 inmates from the facility have assisted in building 200 homes for low-income families in Central Illinois.
“I could not be more proud of the Taylorville CC inmates who have contributed their labor through all these years and I’m honored to be a partner in this program,” said Taylorville CC Acting Warden, George Good. “It has been great to see these inmates take pride in their work and to be able to give back to the community in this way.”
All materials for the homes are provided through either LSSI or Habitat for Humanity and delivered to the prison. Interior and exterior walls are constructed at Taylorville and erected to ensure the components fit correctly. The walls are then marked, disassembled and loaded onto a trailer for delivery to the appropriate Habitat site. There, other community volunteers reassemble and complete the home.