District 1 works with St. Vincent de Paul to improve reentry

Three IDOC staff and 2 SVdP staff stand for photo
By Brandon Williams, Manager, Probation and Parole District #1

District 1 Probation & Parole, based in Coeur d’ Alene, has been increasing our partnership in recent months with St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) at the H.E.L.P. Center.  

As a member of the newly formed Returning Citizens Advisory Committee for St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho, we are seeking to create better opportunities for successful reentry into our communities.  

To bolster this partnership, Sr. Probation & Parole Officers Chris Juvan and Tori Tickle recently started working out of the H.E.L.P. Center on a weekly basis where they are facilitating classes, conducting initial appointments with offenders who are newly released from custody, and meeting with other clients who are in need of services.  

Juvan and Tickle have been tasked with becoming the experts in the district for resources available at the Center and will take on the role of educating our staff about those services.

A few weeks ago, Juvan and Tickle held the first Community Resources Class, where they introduced newly released offenders to the resources available to them at the H.E.L.P Center.  

SVdP staff members Matt Robinson and Scott Parker were on-hand to answer any questions and talk about the resources and services in detail, including housing, parenting classes, resources available for veterans, community service opportunities, payee programs, as well as other services.  

Many of the clients who have attended the class had never been to the Center and were not aware of many of the resources available to them.  

Since these Community Resource Classes have been implemented, they have been able to make referrals to Mental Health Counseling; assist with getting vouchers to help pay with utility bills and reinstatement of driver’s licenses; get offender placed onto waiting lists for housing; provide clothing; and enroll clients into Parenting Classes which have been ordered by the Court.  

I am excited about this partnership with SVdP and look forward to strengthening our reentry practices in District 1.  

I want to thank the St. Vincent de Paul staff for their help and willingness to partner with Probation & Parole in this capacity.  

The Community Resources Class is being held each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the H.E.L.P. Center located at 201 E Harrison Ave, Coeur d’Alene.

Pictured from left: Ofc. Chris Juvan, SVdP staff member Scott Parker, Ofc. Tori Tickle, SVdP staf member Matt Robinson, D1 manager Brandon Williams

Story published: 06/07/2019
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