Archives for August 2014

Family Reunification Awareness Program Developed By Dismas Charities El Paso Interns

Intern Supervisor Hector Zamora, Webster University Intern Reba Wilborn, El Paso Director Yvette Colorado and Regional Vice President Dan Judiscak display a Family Reunification Awareness Program brochure developed by El Paso facility interns to address issues family members should consider with the return of their loved one. The brochure provides information on community resources, help […]

Diersen Charities Nashville Supports NAMI

Staff and residents of the Nashville program joined the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) for an April 12 fundraising and awareness walk. Patients, family members, along with walkers from Centerstone, Park Center, Vanderbilt, and Tri-Star Health also took part in the event. The Nashville facility works with NAMI throughout the year on several volunteer […]

Diersen Charities Facility In Louisville Enhanced By St. William Catholic Church Mural

Retreat participants from St. William Catholic Church, the next door neighbor to the Louisville Diersen centers Substance Abuse Program (SAP), painted this mural on the fence that connects our building to theirs on Oak Street.

Client Thanks Louisville Diersen Charities Director

Mr. Horton, I just wanted to write you and tell you how grateful I am for you and this program. I really appreciate the time you took today to talk to me. You opened a lot of doors for me today and have helped me see things in a different light. I am very grateful […]

Annual fire extinguisher training held

On June 25, members of the Maintenance Department and Louisville-area facility staff participated in their annual fire extinguisher training.  From left are Maintenance Staffer Kenneth Meyer, St. Patrick Assistant Director John Henderson, Louisville Director Sarah Weidner, Maintenance Director Tim Turner, Louisville Assistant Director Norton Edmonds, Maintenance Staffer Mark Davis, Maintenance Supervisor Joe Starks, and Diersen […]

50th Anniversary Blessing

As Dismas Charities prepares to celebrate its 50th year of service on Aug 23, 2014, Dismas management and Board members met and received a blessing from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz.  From left to right, Mike Nabicht (former Board  member) , Ray Weis, President/CEO, Jan Kempf, Executive Vice President, Archbishop Kurtz and Henry Lyon, District Deputy.  Archbishop […]

Dismas Charities Savannah Holds Commencement Ceremony

On May 31, the Savannah facility hosted its first ever commencement ceremony for residents who completed classes in Anger Management, Substance Abuse, Parenting, and Transitional Journaling. Certificates (like the one held by a resident above) were awarded to each graduate.  The center also recognized residents for completing community service at the Humane Society, Urban Christian […]

Starks Leads Bible Class At Dismas Charities Portland (Louisville, KY)

Reverend Joe Starks, Prison Ministry Leader for Bates Memorial Baptist Church and Dismas Maintenance Department Supervisor, led a 12-week Liberty Bible Book class for Portland residents. The Bible doctrine course requires the attendees to perform homework prior to each week of study with frequent reviews. A final examination is also included which contains questions on […]

Diersen Charities Morgan tops 2 gallons in Albuquerque Blood Drive

On June 3, Albuquerque Director Jack Morgan  participated  in  a  blood  drive sponsored  by  the  Omega  Psi  Phi  fraternity.  Former  Social  Services  Coordinator  Percy  Price,  a  member  of  the fraternity,  coordinated  the  event.  Morgan is an avid blood donor, having donated over two gallons since 2004.

Ex-resident saves 15-month-old wandering beside busy highway

A former Atlanta resident is being hailed a hero after discovering a 15-month-old toddler walking down a busy Georgia highway. The child, according to police, had crawled through about 300 yards of a wooded area near his home to reach the highway. In  interviews  ex-resident  Stephen  Collins,  said  following  his incarceration  that  he  made  a  […]