Family and Friends Newsletter | Summer 2021

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Family and Friends Newsletter | Summer 2021

Centurion to take over offender health services contract


Centurion has been awarded the contract to provide offender health services for the Missouri Department of Corrections. 

Centurion brings many years of correctional health care experience to Missouri and we look forward to an innovative and rewarding partnership. 

The transition will occur in the coming weeks and months.  Offenders will continue to receive health services throughout the transition.  Our dedicated staff will work cooperatively to make the transition smooth and as seamless as possible.



Department of Corrections Partners with WTI/Tremco for Job Training Program


A new vocational training program piloted in a state prison is readying Missourians for construction-industry jobs after release.

This summer the Missouri Department of Corrections teamed up with construction products company Tremco’s WTI (Weatherproofing Technologies Inc.) to prepare incarcerated Missourians to become commercial roofing technicians. Last week, offender-students at Western Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center (WRDCC) in St. Joseph completed an eight-week, two-phase pilot training program integrating live stream instruction, self-paced learning, in-person/on-site training and hands-on practice. A third phase is in development.

The first five newly trained roofers, who completed an application and vetting process to take part in the program, earned OSHA certification and learned roofing and waterproofing techniques through courses covering safety essentials, roofing systems, roof maintenance, and roof restoration and repair. Students can get hands-on experience working with roofs on site and then embark on new careers with Tremco after release, with wages starting at $16 per hour. All participants are within two years of release.

The MODOC partnership marks the company’s first foray into providing training inside prison, before release. The Missouri program graduates have access to support and services, which can include help with everything from work clothes to transportation — components that make a big difference to people entering the workforce after incarceration.

The partnership creates a win-win-win situation for all involved. In the midst of a nationwide skilled-labor shortage, Tremco gains well-trained employees who are eager to work. Students gain the opportunity to walk out of a prison and onto a job site, closing one of the most challenging barriers to success people face after incarceration. The department can increase post-incarceration employment, which helps reduce recidivism and make Missouri safer.

Transition Center, Urban League Join Forces

Urban League

The Transition Center of St. Louis has partnered with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis on a program that helps men in the criminal justice system develop life skills, job skills and interpersonal skills that build success. Through the Save our Sons program, participants build self-awareness and confidence while also gaining a better understanding of current workforce demands.

Resources for Families of Incarcerated Individuals

Angel Tree Christmas™ serves incarcerated parents by providing a pathway for strengthening and restoring their relationships with their children and families. Angel Tree Christmas organizes local churches and community groups to give children a gift and a personal message of love on behalf of their incarcerated parent. Incarcerated parents can sign up for Angel Tree Christmas through the chapel at their correctional center.