South Dakota Inmates Build Wheelchairs

Inmate Denny Tew with ROC Wheels Co-Founder Wayne Hanson at South Dakota State Penitentiary

Inmate Denny Tew with ROC Wheels Co-Founder Wayne Hanson at South Dakota State Penitentiary

Here at ROC Wheels, one of our main outreach programs is our inmate wheelchair building program. While partnering with Hope Haven International Ministries, we have been able to employ over 10 inmates to help build our newest wheelchair, the ROCKIT.

The team lead of production at the prison is Denny Tew who has been helping build wheelchairs for ROC since 2003. He has been instrumental in building a team that helped build over 3,700 of the original ROC chairs and now build ROCKIT chairs and assembly kits to be used by YEWTHS ROC.  We would like to thank Tew for his service to our organization and his dedication to our mission.  Tew has left South Dakota State Penitentiary but was kind enough to gather the following testimonials from the inmates.

Inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary are proud to be involved in such a meaningful mission. As we work together, reflecting upon past transgressions, it improves our character and self-worth in realizing the importance of giving back. Every R.O.C. wheelchair we build brings us joy to know a child can escape the confines of their disability.
— Denny Tew (SDSP Project Lead)
Working for R.O.C. is great because I am able to give back to people… It is a way to give back and be part of something bigger than me.
— Eric Wilkes (SDSP Machinist)
I have the unique experience of being one of the few to help build and design this wheelchair.
— Jim McGee (SDSP Fabricator)
I am blessed to work with H.H.I.M. and R.O.C. These ministries allow me to use my time and talents to benefit the children that so desperately need these wheelchairs…
— Trent Hemmingsen (SDSP Fabricator)
I’m honored to be associated with a company which provides a great product for a great cause.
— Garry Wood (SDSP Fabricator)
I am pleased to be working with R.O.C. wheelchairs to increase the quality of life for handicap-able children around the world. As a God fearing person, I believe I have found my calling in using my talents to help… it moves my heart every time I see one of my wheelchairs help a child in need.
— W. Joseph Helmer, Sr. (SDSP Machinist)