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Berks County corrections center partners with Habitat for Humanity

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 26, 2013 3:40 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- People living in a Berks County halfway house have helped finish a special housing project.

A dozen residents of the Wernersville Community Corrections Center have just completed a rehab project on a Reading home.

The former inmates who are transitioning between prison and life on the outside helped clean, sand and paint the house as part of a Habitat for Humanity project.

State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sue Bensinger says they're learning job skills and building relationships.

"The more ties the residents make to the local community, the easier it is for them to be successful when they return, full time, to that community," Bensinger says.

The project in Berks County is expected to serve as a model for similar efforts at the commonwealth's 12 community corrections centers.

Habitat For Humanity and leaders at the Wernersville facility have already identified future projects for residents.

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