Community Outreach Projects
Bedford Babies - at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, NY is a maximum security prison for women. Within the facility, there is a very special program called The Children’s Center for inmates who are pregnant upon incarceration and are serving short sentences for lesser crimes, usually drug-related. These inmates are housed in a separate building from the “general population” and are allowed to keep their babies with them until the age of 12 – 18 months, at which point the mother has completed her sentence and they both go home. The mothers attend classes in parenting, vocation, GED; some are beginning college classes.
Our quilting program is called “Bedford Babies”. Five of our members volunteer at The Children’s Center teaching the mothers to make quilts for their babies. Many mothers are bitten by the quilting bug and progress to larger and more elaborate quilts. Scissors are not allowed within the center, so other Guild members pre-cut fabric for the quilts. The mothers at the Center have made well over one thousand quilts in all the years that we have been involved since 1997.
Donation Received - 2010
The Hudson Valley Bank has send VSQ a check for $250 as a donation to the prison program. Once again
we thank them for their generous support!
Volunteers are needed to continue this worthwhile effort. Meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays for the Prison Committee.
Bedford Babies at XMAS
Prep Session for Bedford Babies
Read the article in NQA Summer 2009 about the grant that Bedford Babies received ...
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"Thank you so much for the beautiful quilts. We can tell that each one
was made with extraordinary love and care. We are delighted to be the
recipient of such labors of love."