Archives for April 2015

Dismas Charities Atlanta Enters Partnership To Assist Homeless

The Atlanta facility has adopted a new project along with Reverend Barbara Williams, of Jesus Set the Captives Free (JSTCF). They are renovating a single family home to house the homeless. In the past, Williams has placed Dismas residents in other housing facilities owned by JSTCF. Atlanta residents have volunteered to do light repairs at […]

Prison Official Visits Dismas Charities Tucson Facility

In mid-February Aracelli Corona, the new Reentry Coordinator for the Tucson Correctional Complex toured the facility. Also present for the tour were (from left) Regional Vice President Andrea Johnson, Director Gabi Whaley, Corona and Social Services Coordinator Xavier Calvillo. Like Us On FaceBook!

Dismas Charities Orlando Participates In Alzheimer’s Walk

Orlando residents and staff participated in the annual Walk Around Lake Eola to draw attention to Alzheimer’s and to present a donation to the cause. The donated funds were raised as a result of staff members baking cupcakes, cookies and other items for sale. Like Us On FaceBook!

Dismas Charities Macon Resident Farmer Certified In Animal Care

Macon resident Deborah Farmer, who volunteers three days a week at the Macon Bibb Animal Shelter assisting with training animals and cleaning duties, has completed the Auburn University Canine Vocational Training Program, and the 2nd Chance K-9 Care and Development program.   Like Us On FaceBook!

Diersen Charities Albuquerque Facility Donates Phones; IPods

In early February, the Albuquerque facility donated over 120 cell phones and IPods to the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico. The electronic devices were donated by residents of the program or were confiscated items. The devices will be given to victims of rape and domestic abuse to help prevent further victimization   Like […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City SSC; Residents Reach Out

In an effort to give back to those less fortunate, Sioux City Social Services Coordinator Vannesa Camarillo gathered residents to volunteer at the Warming Shelter, a haven for the local homeless population. For Valentine’s Day Camarillo decided to “give love” to those staying at the shelter by asking staff and residents to donate small bags […]

Dismas Charities Portland Interns Present Coping Skills

On March 9, student interns from the Spalding University, Occupational Therapy Program gave five presentations to the residents of Portland covering Healthy Lifestyles: Managing Eating, Sleeping & Boredom; Success Strategies for Securing and Sustaining Work; Skills of Family Living: Problem solving and Conflict Resolution; Coping Strategies, Relaxation & Stress Reduction techniques for our complex world, […]

Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) Recognized By ICCA With Award

From left are John Larivee, CEO of Community Resources for Justice, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) and Dismas Charities President/CEO Raymond Weis. Whitehouse was recognized with the President’s Award during the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) conference in Washington. Like Us On Facebook!

Dismas Charities Portland Food Service Advances Transferable Skills

As part of his on-going efforts to create marketable job skills, every day Portland Food Service Coordinator Jamie Hall provides hands-on practical food service projects for the 12 residents in the Portland Kitchen Skills Class. Hall teaches time management, fosters teamwork, stresses the importance of following directions, critical thinking and adapting to constantly changing situations. […]

Snow!! In Las Cruces New Mexico??

This scene is nothing new in the midwest, northwest and even some southern climates where Dismas has a presence. But when it happens in Las Cruces, New Mexico, it becomes news. To enjoy the white powder, Director Sam Campos and Assistant Director Irma Smith created a snowman following a recent, and obviously unexpected, morning snow […]