Archives for 2015

Dismas Charities, U.S. Attorney Co-Host Re-Entry Roundtable

On June 30, Dismas’ Savannah (GA) facility co-hosted a round-table with U. S. Attorney Edward Tarver to discuss ways to improve the re-entry transition for convicted felons. Other officials attending were Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson, District Attorney Meg Heap, Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin, Chairman of the County Commission Al Scott and representatives from over 20 […]

Dismas Charities Atlanta Donates Back Packs To Boys & Girls Club

On July 31, the Atlanta (GA) facility donated 53 back packs filled with school supplies to the Boys & Girls Club of Adamsville Recreational Center (ARC). Dismas Charities hosted a 2 week Back Pack Drive in order to reach the goal of 50 back packs. With strong support from its residents, the Atlanta program was […]

A Message From Dismas Charities President/CEO

There is a timeless energy that lives within the soul of our programs. It is centered in love, forgiveness and justice like our founder Father William Diersen inspired. It is strengthened by community partnerships, education, employment, and the simplest acts of kindness and generosity of spirit. It is a good listener and understands capabilities. It […]

Dismas Charities Midland Staff Attend Annual West Texas Food Bank Conference

In mid-June, Midland (TX) Director Amy Vest and Assistant Director Eric Woods attended the 2015 Conference of the West Texas Food Bank in Odessa. The annual event, with a theme of No Child Will Go Hungry, is held to provide training with 25 food bank partnering agencies, including the Midland facility. Dismas residents also volunteer […]

Governor Scholars Visit Two Dismas Charities Programs

Seventeen high school students, participating in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar’s Program, toured and observed panel discussions at the Louisville centers of Diersen and St. Ann. The initiative brings together students from around Kentucky to a five week program designed to enhance their understanding of important issues and develop future leaders. “The students gained an understanding […]

Dismas Charities Savannah Donates School Supplies To Haven Elementary

In August, the Savannah facility held a special drive for employees and residents to donate backpacks and school supplies for the underprivileged children of Haven Elementary School. A total of 15 backpacks stuffed with supplies and other necessities were donated. From left are Assistant Director Brandon Miller, Art Teacher Brandi Carter, Employment Specialist Yusef Curry, […]

Dismas Charities Atlanta Hosts Washington USPO Representatives

The Dismas Charities Atlanta facility welcomed 22 representatives of the U.S.Probation Administrative Office in Washington, D.C. The USPO staff work in the Information Technology, Budget and Finance departments and were curious about the day-to-day operation of the Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Probation Offices and residential re-entry centers like Atlanta. The visit included breakfast, a tour […]

Dismas Charities Montgomery Staff; Residents Help With 5K Walk

In mid-September, five staff and nine Montgomery residents participated in the Family Guidance Center of Alabama 5K Walk/Run event. In addition to their participation, staff and residents assisted with setting up, assisting the participants and other support. Family Guidance is designed to strengthen families so they can achieve personal goals, according to Director Moszetta Nix. […]

Dismas Charities Savannah Holds Friends And Family Day

During visitation in late August, the Savannah program held their annual Friends and Family Day, complete with a cookout, cotton candy, snow cones, a bounce house, and music. Each child received a goody bag containing toys and candy. Lunch, consisting of burgers, turkey burgers, sausage and hot dogs with all the “fixin’s” for the 50 […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Employee Recognized

Sioux City Counselor Jessie Christopherson’s therapy dog, Rudy (above), attended the most recent Staff Meeting and was voted Employee of the Month for his support for the staff and resi-dents at the facility. The AKC-registered Yellow Lab welcomes residents into the center, greets them after a long days work, assists with perim-eter checks, attends some […]