Most of our residents will come to us directly from incarceration, either from the Fayette County Detention Center, regional jails, or similar facilities. So a carload of gifts that arrived recently at The Well were very special indeed: all created, designed, and hand-made by women who are currently inmates themselves at the federal prison camp here in Lexington (part of the Federal Medical Center located on Leestown Road).
Sally Leukefeld, President of the Community Relations Board at the camp, had heard of the work being done by The Well through her church, Hunter Presbyterian. When she shared it with the women at the federal camp who participate in a long-standing service project of making gifts for others, they began imagining what they would like to have if it were their home, and they took it from there. Lovely pillows, journals, blankets, placemats, picture frames, scarves, everything the inmates could make from the fabric and supplies they had on hand, and enough to fill Sally’s SUV to overflowing.
When Sally delivered the beautiful handmade items to the Well, the residents were delighted, and moved to tears, to know that others still incarcerated had done this for them, to encourage our residents on their new journey toward healing and recovery. The residents guided Sally on a tour of the house so that she could return to the prison with a first-hand description of where the items have been placed. And with a first-hand account of the joy the gifts have brought, and the hope on both sides. As one resident urged Sally, “Please tell them they can make it, too.”