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Why Not Prosper Highlighted for "Love Bags" by CBS

CBS News: Madeline Wright - April 5, 2023

Love bags were delivered to inmates Wednesday at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center in Holmesburg.

They include food, clothing and hygiene products.

Michelle Pietraffita says addiction is what landed her at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center.

"I was suffering real bad," Pietraffita said. "I was homeless on the street. I was doing things I never would have fathomed I'd be doing. I'm here for robbery."

Pietraffita was among more than 200 inmates who attended a resource fair on Wednesday, where several nonprofits from outside the jail came in to offer free food, hygiene products and services.

"The resources are phenomenal," Pietraffita said. "We need more things like this."

Spearheading the effort is Reverend Michelle Simmons, the founder of Why Not Prosper, a nonprofit that helps formerly incarcerated women find jobs and affordable housing, spearheaded the effort.

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