Archives for August 2016

Dismas Charities Clarksburg Holds Greek Culture Event; 30 Residents Attend, Dine

As part of its on-going Life Skills program, the Clarksburg facility recently celebrated a Greek Culture night. The St. Syridon Greek Orthodox Church donated food for the night’s dinner. With the dining room festooned in blue-and-white Greek decorations, 30 residents were treated to Pastitsio Greek Lasagna, Spanakopita phyllo dough filled with spinach and feta cheese, […]

Dismas Charities Dania Beach Staff Take Part In Trafficking Event

Dismas Charities Dania Beach staff recently took part in the Human Trafficking: A Global Problem event designed to inform the community and increase the awareness of the issue. “As we learned during this event, South Florida is the third-busiest area for sex trafficking in the United States and Broward County is number one,” Director Ivonne […]

Dismas Charities Savannah Facility Holds Pinwheel Fundraiser

Dismas Charities Savannah staff and residents conducted a Pinwheels For Prevention event to raise funds and awareness for Child Abuse Prevention month. The pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention and is a reflection of hope, health and safety. Staff and residents raised $250 by selling pinwheels for $2 each, and planted […]

Dismas Charities Charleston Adopts Flood Victims

The recent flooding in West Virginia, which dumped 10 inches of rain in less than six hours, claimed 23 lives and destroyed hundreds of homes. Two of the surviving victims were Jackie Runion and her 10-month-old daughter, Maria. When the waters crested, only four feet of Runion’s home were above water and her vehicle was […]

Dismas Charities Dania Beach Community Relations Board Draws Large Turnout

Twenty-one guests from the Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Probation, Veteran’s Affairs, Department of Labor, Broward Sheriff’s Office and other community and local partners attended a recent meeting of the Dania Beach Community Relations Board. “It was of great satisfaction to see so many organizations working for the common denominator of reentry”, said Director Ivonne Cavanaugh. […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Clean-Up At Saturday In The Park

In early July, 18 Sioux City residents volunteered their time to help at Grandview Park following the 2016 Saturday in the Park music event. According to Counselor Trevor Risdal, the event committee was looking for a group that had several strong and reliable people willing to help. The committee was told by local employer, Short […]

Dismas Charities St. Ann Client Leaves Note For Incoming Bunkmate

The following, by Frank Woodall, a current client of Dismas’ St. Ann Substance Abuse Program, was written for the next client who would be filling his bed when he leaves. Frank said he wrote it in an effort to instill hope for the person who believes that there is no hope. Mark Meredith, Director Dismas […]

Dismas Charities Dania Beach Receives Artwork From Barker Animation Galleries

Gloria and Herb Barker, owners of Barker Animation Art Galleries, donated several pieces of artwork to Greater Dania Beach Chamber of Commerce member charities, schools and non-profits. The Dismas Dania Beach facility was one of 15 selected organizations, receiving six pieces of art valued at nearly $2,800 (shown above left with Director Ivonne Cavanaugh). Other […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Staff Attend Client Management Training

Staff from Sioux City are involved in an intensive training program to help in client management and response to their needs. The training, specifically designed for Directors, Counselors and U.S. Probation Officers, is intended to focus on the behavior of the resident and not the outcome, to help them identify certain behaviors, and effectively reinforce […]

Dismas Charities Savannah Staff, Residents Clean Homeless Camp

As part of a Homeless Authority’s initiative, two Savannah staff and four residents joined a large contingent to help clean a homeless camp. Like Us On Facebook!