Representative Salud Carbajal on Wednesday recognized San Luis Obispo resident Sister Theresa Harpin as one of the recipients of the Congressional Women of the Year award.
At a ceremony in San Luis Obispo, Carbajal presented Harpin with a special Congress pin and read to him the written tribute he had entered in the official Congress register.
The Congressional Women of the Year award honors six women from the 24th Congressional District who leave a positive impact in their communities.
Harpin is the founder of the non-profit Restorative Partners, which provides reintegration services to incarcerated people.
The non-profit organization offers outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, mentoring programs, job training programs and five recovery houses.
“I’m really blown away but I’m so thrilled that women are being elated – the accomplishments they often accomplish behind the scenes, quietly in the corners but always on the fringes with the people who need them, that we need to be aware of and I stand on the shoulders of so many women who have come before me and so I am honored and blessed for one of them, ”said Harpin.
Under Harpin’s leadership, the program has provided more than 250 volunteers to prison programs.
The other recipients of the Women of the Year 2021 award are Yessenia Echevarria from Paso Robles, Courtney Haile from San Luis Obispo, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle from Santa Barbara, Arcelia Sencion from Los Olivos and Silvia Uribe from Goleta.