DAVIS - The Kenneth "Honey" Rubenstein Juvenile Center worked to bring a little bit of Christmas cheer this year to the young males it houses.
The center is a minimum security facility, and during the holidays the boys, who are called cadets, are allotted extra phone calls home.
They are also provided gifts from a fund made possible by private donations and from the profits of sales of items to the cadets throughout the year.
In addition, the center also hosts an annual Christmas dinner and program. This year it was titled "A Patriotic Christmas Salute," and included carols and patriotic skits about Christmas time during both of the World Wars.
"The Rubenstein Center staff goes to great lengths to create opportunities for each and every cadet to have a chance to participate in one aspect or another," Activities Coordinator, Jake Phillips said. "Whether it be construction of the set and stage, decorating, performing in a play or skit, singing, playing the guitar or
preparation of the meal to be provided."
The program was held on Dec. 19 and attendance was by invitation only.
The cadets' families were invited to enjoy the evening with their child; also attending was the center's staff and their families. The center also reaches out to the community and invites dignitaries and other residents who work with the facility and the cadets.
"This evening helps provide a positive spirit to the cadet population in a very trying time of the year for the juveniles who are placed in our custody being separated from family and loved ones during the holidays," Phillips said.
The center focuses on treatment and preparing cadets to get back into society as young citizens.
One of the goals is to rehabilitate these young men instead of treating them as adult offenders, in hopes that they will not continue their lives in correctional