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 […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Adopts A Street

With the help of Resident Monitor Cody Leonard the Sioux City program adopted the streets surrounding the facility. Residents Lawrence Knutson, Rodney Brock, Brian Skou, John Mugge, and Robert Weaselhead, were the first to help with the Adopt-a-Street Cleanup. www.Facebook.com

Dismas Charities Sioux City Church Shows Appreciation With Dinner

As a way to show their appreciation for all the volunteer work performed at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, members of its congregation provided a meal for residents and staff that consisted of chicken, ribs, pizza and drinks. Over the past year staff and residents set up and cleaned up for events and served meals for […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Holds New Women Of Worth Session

The Sioux City Women of Worth (WOW) program, developed by Director Robyn Deacon and Counselor Jessie Christopherson, held a second session in mid-October to help address the unique needs of its female residents. “Prior to incarceration, many of these women were victimized themselves and have been abused, assaulted, prostituted and they often lack self-esteem, self-awareness, […]