Archives for June 2014

Dismas Charities Portland Graduates Four From JCTC

Four Portland residents graduated May 13 from Jefferson Community  and  Technical  College.  From  left  are  John  Darnell  who  received six certificates in auto technology-related areas; Brian King who received two certificates in electrical technology; Carlas Halcomb, who received two Associate degrees, one in art and another in science, and Kenneth Mattingly, who also received two […]

Dismas Charities Facility Staff From Midland and Lubbock participate in Re-Entry Roundtable

Dismas Representatives from the Midland and Lubbock programs attended a recent Re-entry Roundtable at FCI Big Spring. The event was designed to insure all agencies are working together to better assist residents in transition. Midland representatives  included  Director  Amy  Vest,  Case  Manager  Cynthia  Kelley,  and Counselor  Daniela  Espinoza.   Lubbock  was  represented  by  Director  Sam  Truelock

Dismas Charities Tucson Commissions Picnic Tables

Using  community  partnerships,  the  Tucson  program  commissioned  the  Santa  Rita  High  School carpentry class to build four picnic tables for the facility’s  outdoor  recreational  area.  Above  from left  are  Tucson  Associate  Director  Michael  Lorenzini,  shop  teacher  Chuck  Gallagher,  and  students  and  graduating  seniors  Geoffrey  Skinner, Anthony Lorenzini (Michael’s son), and Spencer Craig.  Dismas  stresses  the  […]

Former Dismas Charities St. Patrick Resident Shares Success

  “I remember sitting around in a hopeless state of mind, as a result of self-imposed crises, during my stay at (a state-run) correctional complex. I was tired of finding myself in those situations with no one to blame except myself. A friend handed me a packet from Dismas Charities with various halfway houses across […]

Indian Center representative speaks At Dismas Charities Tucson

Rene Sanchez (standing), a representative from the Tucson Indian Center, whose goal is to promote the self-sufficiency of the American Indian people through education, employment resources and referral, spoke at the Tucson facility.  According to Director Gabi Whaley, the Indian Center believes that the basic needs of American Indian people and families must be met […]

Diersen Gems Become Rubies!

Based on the Holy Scripture, 37 clients of the Diersen facility in Louisville  graduated  from  a  five-month  Motherhood  program  which taught them how to improve and enhance their female role and become responsible  parents.  The  basis  of  Rubies  for  Life,  as  the  concept  is called, is found in Proverbs 31:10 which reads “Who can find […]

Dismas Charities Portland Kitchen Skills Class Produces Results

Portland Chef Jamie Hall is continuing with his unique approach to helping residents re-enter society. After completing the  Dismas Charities Portland Kitchen Skills Program,  the student/residents are awarded certificates at a celebratory graduation dinner prepared as part of their final exam. Students are taught how to use all kitchen equipment, food preparation and storage, meal  planning,  cost  […]

Dismas Charities Helping To Keep Midland Texas Beautiful

Counselor Daniela Espinoza (second from left) and several Midland residents recently took part in the bi-annual Keep Midland Beautiful campaign. Staff and residents were responsible for a four mile radius around the facility.

Dismas Charities Volunteer With 19 Years of Service Impacts Residents

When his nephew became a Diersen facility resident in 1995, George Gill signed up as a Dismas volunteer.  He is now considered as having one of the longest-running volunteer stints, according to Director Ronyal Horton who notes that Gill is also the most consistent and faithful volunteers he has ever had. According to Gill, a […]

Child Support Services Helps Dismas Charities St. Ann Clients

On May 7, Angela Anton, Director of Child Support Services for the Jefferson County Attorney’s office, spoke with the clients of the St. Ann SAP program about child support, their expectations and other issues. In addition to a questions-and-answer session which followed her presentation, Anton met individually with the clients including Steve Pigg (above left).  […]