HHI has a wheelchair warehouse inside the SD State Penitentiary, where approximately 40 inmates serve community service hours working on wheelchairs. It’s a unique partnership because not only do the inmates have work to keep them busy, and the wheelchairs are going to a great cause, but the inmates lives are transformed through the pride they take in their work. One inmate explains why he builds wheelchairs for people, “We give them freedom…something many of us will never have.”
The inmates work 5 days a week on the wheelchairs. The tasks include sewing upholstery, molding trays, refurbishing wheelchairs, and manufacturing the ROC “tilt-in-space” wheelchair.
Jeff who has worked at the prison for many years says: “I could get paid at other jobs in the prison, but I stay here. I get such great satisfaction because little kids are going to get wheelchairs!”
Matthew who also works at the SDSP, states: “The work puts my heart in motion. Working in this wheelchair shop, fixing wheelchairs for little kids, has transformed me, spiritually, emotionally, psychologically.”
TOUR THE PRISON WHEELCHAIR SHOP: If you’d like to see the prison and HHI’s wheelchair shop, contact our Public Relations Office to schedule a date. If you are touring the prison, each person needs to complete the forms below in order to receive clearance from the penitentiary. (return forms to Hope Haven) Please note that tours in the prison must have a two week lead time.
PERSONAL INFORMATION FORM and RELEASE & WAIVER FORM