In 2017, SVdP saw a need to assist citizens returning from incarceration. We were blessed to receive a grant from the national St. Vincent de Paul council to begin our re-entry program, Immersion. We began our journey by partnering with Bridges of Iowa, and Healthy Relationships Iowa and have continued to expand our services to treatment centers, DOC probationers, state correctional facilities and to the veterans domiciliary in DSM.
One of the challenges we see in working with returning citizens are parenting skills, and how to successfully communicate after long time periods away from loved ones. Through strategic instruction, case management, and the utilization of evidence-based curriculum, we work to individually build skill sets around parenting and communication amongst families and love ones, especially for fathers facing multiple barriers to success.
Our staff has one-on-one conversations with clients to learn of barriers they may encounter along their journey. Clients are invited to meet with us to discuss these barriers, and to secure clothing and basic life needs to get them started.
We help to educate our clients about the programs and services offered at SVdP. We encourage them to share this information with their family/loved ones so that they too may come to us for assistance. This can help alleviate both financial and family burdens that loved ones may encounter when their friend/family member returns to their home.
Our goal is to provide wrap-around services to those returning to society and their families so they may regain employment, additional education, and provide food to their family all while learning to navigate through the barriers they may face.
To access services or to volunteer with the program please contact Randi Radosevich, Resource Director, 515.282.8328 Ext. 590, or firstname.lastname@example.org