Congratulations to STAR's own William Siedhoff (St. Louis Director of Human Services) and Nancy Mitchell McCarthy (Regional Administrator of Missouri Probation and Parole) for being honored at the annual meeting of the National Convocation of Jail and Prison Ministry. Both were given awards at the organization's banquet on May 17 at the Pear Tree Inn by Drury.

Siedhoff, who also served as a keynote speaker, received the Mike McGough Award. Previous award recipients of the award include Sen. Ted Kennedy and former Governor of New Mexico Toney Anaya. McCarthy was awarded with the Special Award for Collaboration in Prisoner Reentry into the St. Louis Community.

The convocation was held May 15-18 and focused on issues that affect people before, during, and after incarceration. Over 50 area professionals involved in the reentry process discussed topics such as mental health, sex offenders, veterans, and youthful offenders. The event was hosted through the leadership of the Criminal Justice Ministry of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.