Archives for 2016

Dismas Charities Del Rio Staff, Residents Turn Out For Health Fair

Nine staff members and an equal number of residents volunteered their time for the third consecutive year at the Andale Del Rio Health Fair in early October. The city-wide fair, organized by the Community Health Improvement Coalition, drew over 300 participants. Accepting the Platinum Medal Sponsorship plaque for “promoting a healthier community” are (from left) […]

Dismas Charities Charleston’s SSC Megan Vance Meets U.S. Senator Joe Manchin At Opioid Forum

At a recent forum to discuss finding solutions to the opioid crisis, Charleston Social Services Coordinator Megan Vance (below right) met with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia). Sponsored by Highmark Foundation Healthcare, the event targeted the West Virginia aspects of the problem. The state leads all others in the number of opioid overdoses, according […]

Dismas Charities Executive Leadership Meet With Louisville Mayor

Dismas Charities President/CEO Raymond J. Weis (left) and Executive Vice President Jan M. Kempf (right) met and talked briefly about reentry issues with Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer at a recent veterans event in downtown Louisville. Like Us On Facebook!

Dismas Charities Sioux City Holds New Women Of Worth Session

The Sioux City Women of Worth (WOW) program, developed by Director Robyn Deacon and Counselor Jessie Christopherson, held a second session in mid-October to help address the unique needs of its female residents. “Prior to incarceration, many of these women were victimized themselves and have been abused, assaulted, prostituted and they often lack self-esteem, self-awareness, […]

Dismas Charities Orlando Residents Screen The If Project

In late September, Orlando staff and residents were invited to attend a screening of the award winning documentary The If Project which increases awareness of issues affecting incarcerated women and our communities nationwide. According to one statistic, women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population, increasing at nearly double the rate of men […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

The national observance of Thanksgiving exemplifies what we at Dismas Charities believe. Family, friends and gratitude are at the very heart of why we do what we do. With healthy support from our families and friends and with gratitude for the opportunities we have been given, our lives are made richer, our communities prosper, and […]

Diersen Charities Memphis Recognizes Employees For Years Of Service

Memphis Director James Williams recently presented several of his employees with their anniversary Dismas pens. From left are Counselor Donald Bolden (1 year), Resident Monitor Myra Smalls (3 years), Cook Annette Martin (1 year), Social Services Coordinator Markia Bearden (10 years), Resident Monitor Hazel Longstreet (10 years), Resident Monitor Loretha Knox (10 years), Counselor Jasmine […]

Dismas Charities Tucson Holds Mock Job Fair

To prepare for the Tucson Second Chance Job Fair at the Tucson Convention Center, members of the Tucson program staff, the Second Chance Coalition and Federal Magistrate Judge Charles Pyle (standing) held a mock job fair for more than 25 of the facility’s residents. Like Us On Facebook!

Diersen Volunteers Taken To Lunch

In early September, Diersen Director Ronyal Horton (center) took two of his Bates Memorial Church Prison Ministry volunteers to lunch as a show of his appreciation. They include 23-year volunteer George Gill (left) and Dorothy Starks (right), both of which teach a women’s group at the facility. Starks, a four-year volunteer, is the wife of […]

Dismas Charities Atlanta Backpack Event Serves Resident Children

Through fundraising efforts and support from community partners, the Atlanta facility donated 40 back packs to the children of its residents. Using a posted sign-up sheet residents were able to list each of their children and specify their age and grade. In the end the facility was able to supply each child on the list […]