Ronald McDonald House Leader Talks About Partnership with Otero I

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One of the operational philosophies of the Otero County Prison Facility in Chaparral, New Mexico is to reach out to the community and provide as much service and support as possible. Over the years, there have been countless acts of service, forming partnerships with a variety of organizations and agencies.

The Arte y Cultura Club, an organization formed by residents of the facility, and supported by staff, frequently serves the Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso in a variety of ways. Recently, a donation of a hand-crafted cooler was presented to the organization for their annual silent auction fundraising event. We had a chance to speak with Frank Lopez, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of El Paso:

“They have been supporters of us, both the administrative staff here, and also the inmates through the Arte y Cultura Club.”

“The dialogue between us and the communication between Ronald McDonald House Charities-El Paso and Otero prison has been excellent. They’re very responsive anytime that we’ve had communication with each other.

“This morning in Las Cruzes, I told this story of the special relationship that we’ve formed with Otero Prison and its inmates. We never, at least personally, I never thought we would have a long-term relationship with this organization, but it’s been incredible, and I love telling the story of how helpful and supportive and how respectful the inmates have been to us and my staff. And I couldn’t have asked for a better relationship from anybody.”