Get on the Bus is a program that takes children and their caregivers to see a mother or father, who is incarcerated in a California prison.
The trip is planned around the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekends. The main thing to remember about Get on the Bus is that this project is for the children, who have been away from their parent for years, or in some instances have never seen their parent.
Each year, Good Shepherd Parish usually sponsors at least one bus at the cost of $4,000, which is obtained by parishioner donations. In addition to the base cost of the bus, there is a need for 1) family volunteers to meet the child’s caregiver and fill out the paper work for access into the prison, 2) people who will either donate or get donations for the snacks and supplies on the buses (kids eat a lot of snacks) and, 3) donations for the 4:00 a.m. breakfast that the children and care givers eat before they “get on the bus” for their trip. Volunteers will also be needed to prepare activity bags, so the kids will have something to do on the 4-hour bus ride to and from the prison.
Volunteers are also needed at 3:30 a.m. on May 30, 2015 to help by greeting the families as they arrive at Good Shepherd Church and making them feel welcome, signing families in, serving breakfast, loading the buses with supplies and snacks, and seeing off the children and caregivers as they start on their trip to the prison.
You may also donate by visiting the Get on the Bus website: [www(dot)getonthebus(dot)us]. And, if you do, please use the code CMC 01, so that our buses will get credit for the donations. The Get on the Bus organization has lost several grants that they have had for years, so know that your donations are most appreciated and needed in these tough economic times.
If you can help, please contact Betty Nguyen at bettynguyen(at)outlook(dot)com or 310.818.3820.