Archives for August 2015

Dismas Charities Macon Staff Attend Re-Entry Coalition Event

Macon (GA) Administrative Assistant Tiffany Johnson (right) recently attended the Macon ReEntry Coalition Meeting at the Helms Career Center. Also pictured is Myra Lowery, Re-Entry Coordinator for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Macon Director LaTonja Brown also attended. Like Us On FaceBook!

Diersen Charities Albuquerque Helps With USPO Training

On May 6-7, the Albuquerque (NM) staff assumed the roles of residents to assist with training U.S. Probation Offices from districts throughout the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico. The Probation Officers were given information on the Staff Training Aimed at Reducing Re-Arrest (STARR) initiative. Albuquerque staff acted as offenders in roleplaying scenarios which they […]

Dismas Charities Residents Assist “Supplies Over Seas”

In late-June, Portland Residents Robert Bratcher (right) and D.J. Justice loaded a 40foot long container for the Supplies Over Seas (SOS) initiative. SOS is a Louisville-based organization that meets critical health care needs in medically impoverished communities around the world by collecting and distributing surplus medical supplies and equipment. These relief supplies are bound for […]

Kindred Spirits: Pope Francis and Dismas Charities Founder

In recent comments, Pope Francis echoed, almost verbatim, the founding tenets of Dismas Charities, established over 50 years ago by another Roman Catholic priest, Father William Diersen. Diersen believed that every person deserved a second chance, citing the conversation between Dismas, the Good Thief, and Christ on Calvary as the basis for the beginning of […]

Dismas Charities President Appointed To Colson Task Force Stakeholder Roundtable On Federal Corrections

Dismas Charities President/CEO Raymond J. Weis met with Task Force support staff from the Urban Institute and the Center for Effective Public Policy to provide an understanding of the role that Residential Re-entry Centers play in the Federal corrections system. The Chuck Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections was established by Congressional Mandate as a […]

Orlando Group Elevates Local Homeless Kitchen To The Dismas Charities Standard

Orlando staff and residents recently participated in a community service project that involved helping feed the homeless at the Salvation Army soup kitchen. According to staff attending, the kitchen did not meet The Dismas Standard so they volunteered to elevate its appearance. In mid-March, seven staff and five residents gave up half their Saturday to […]

FCI-Ashland Warden, Staff Visit Dismas Charities Charleston

FCI-Ashland Warden Jody Snyder-Norris (third from right) and her staff recently toured the Charleston facility. Those accompanying the Warden on her first ever visit to a re-entry center, were (from left) Ashland Re-Entry Coordinator Scott Butcher, Assistant Case Manager Coordinator Leonard Isaacs, Case Manager Josh Floyd, Charleston Director Jim Sands, Snyder-Norris, Unit Secretary Paul Howell, […]

Dismas Charities Corporate Regional Vice President Chosen As Keynote Speaker

Regional Vice President Joe Driver was the keynote speaker at a National Correctional Workers Week ceremony at FCI Three Rivers in Texas. On May 5, 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first-ever weeklong observance “to recognize the exemplary public service of all Correctional personnel, regardless of their professional affiliation (federal, state, county, private),” Driver said. […]

Dismas Charities Orlando Adopts Highway Near Facility

The Orlando facility has signed on to the local Adopt-A-Highway program, with Director Stephen Ricks securing a nearby section of roadway. On April 11, four staff and eight residents, cleared the roadway of all debris. The facility provides safety vests and trash bags. Staff participating were Employment Specialist Luis Martinez, Case Manager Marven Gee, Assistant […]

Dismas Charities Savannah Residents Help Clean Gwinnet Street

As part of the Savannah facility’s Adopt A Street program, seven residents recently participated in a clean-up of Gwinnet Street. Like Us On FaceBook!