Dismas Charities Sioux City STARS Program Called “Epic”

Often the impact of programming within the Dismas Charities organization isn’t fully known. Residents attend and with the exception of rare occasions, do not share what, if anything, they felt they “got out of it.” That’s not the case with Sioux City Resident Wendy Gohn-Chavez, a recent graduate of S.T.A.R.S., an equine assisted therapy program. […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Residents Apply For Housing

Tiffany Claybourne, with the Sioux City Housing Authority, has raised the hopes of home ownership for several residents of the Sioux City program. Claybourne (above right standing) visited with the residents and explained how they might qualify for housing assistance, the application for help and the entire process. “Many have misconceptions about who can and […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City, BOP Staff Learn Of K-9 Capabilities

Sioux City Assistant Director Dylan Desmarais (right) and Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Residential Re-Entry Manager Brenda Mort and Contract Oversight Specialist Katie Murdock got the chance to experience the power of a police K-9 unit in early November when they donned a Bite Sleeve in a simulated “take down”. The exercise, performed by Sioux City […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City, Omaha Staff Hold Re-Entry Simulation

The staff of the Sioux City program, while undergoing training at Dismas’ Omaha facility, participated in a re-entry simulation where they play the role of newly-released residents. Led by Brett Keller, of Yankton Federal Prison Camp, Sioux City and Omaha administrative staff played the part of the Department of Motor Vehicles, employers, U.S. Probation Officers […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Has Its STARS!

The Sioux City program has begun another S.T.A.R.S. program for its residents. While developed as equine therapy for those with physical and mental disabilities, the Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School is designed to meet the specific needs and hurdles of Sioux City residents. During the six-week long initiative residents focus on verbal and non-verbal communication, […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Resident Monitor Creates; Implements Re-entry Support Program

In Sioux City Resident Monitor Alexi Malatare has developed a nine-week Re-entry Support program, designed specifically for residents within 30 days of release and those who were recently released. “Federal Probation is highly in favor of this effort and has stated that they too will attend these group sessions,” said Director Robyn Deacon. “The clients […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Residents Get Passport!

All of Sioux City’s female residents were given a special Passport to Health as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to learning about the disease, each resident received a pink compact mirror. The facility is raising money for the cause by staff members paying $1 to wear jeans from October to November. Like […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Staff Attend College Career Fair

Sioux City Resident Monitor Lucero Vasquez (left) and Cook Michael Schultz (center) attended the Wayne State College Career Fair with Community Relations Board member Kevin McCormick, who is also a Detective with the Sioux City Police Department. The trio discussed Dismas and invited the attendees to apply for internships. Like Us On Facebook!

Dismas Charities Sioux City Younger Me Comments “Profound”

The Dismas Charities Sioux City facility has completed their Dear Younger Me project where residents were asked to write statements and offer advice to younger versions of themselves. The missives, displayed on the above poster (some of which are printed in the article beside this one), will be used by Sioux City Police Detective Kevin […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Staff Attend S.T.A.R.S. Event

In mid-February, Sioux City staff attended the Denim & Dreams Mardi Gras Dinner and Auction, the largest fundraiser of the year for the S.T.A.R.S. program, an equine assisted therapy program in which Dismas has partnered for the past four years. The S.T.A.R.S. (Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School) curriculum, which is tailored to Dismas residents, addresses […]