Recently, three students from Rutland High School's Green Mountain Teen Institute (GMTI) group and 2 students from Stafford Technical Center's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter recently prepared dinner for about 10 residents and a staff member at the Rutland Dismas House.
Dismas House is a place that provides transitional housing and services designed to help former prisoners re-enter society. The residents at Dismas House are expected to work, participate in chores at the house, and to work on any individual issues like drug treatment, anger management, etc. Part of the Dismas model is having positive interactions with the community; community members prepare meals for the residents five days a week, and then share the dinner with the residents.
The GMTI group and Stafford's SADD Chapter have been collaborating on a number of projects lately, and the GMTI group invited the SADD chapter to assist in the ongoing dinners at Dismas House. The first dinner that was jointly prepared was a taco dinner prepared by Rutland High School GMTI seniors Kristen Trevino, Marisa Kiefaber, and Katie Holmquist and Stafford Technical Center SADD members Ashley Barnes, a senior at Rutland High School, and Erika Stocker, a senior from Mill River Union High School.
The students really enjoyed the experience and have volunteered to do this again. They were impressed by the warmth and depth of appreciation that the residents showed to the students.