Archives for March 2017

Dismas Charities Diersen Director Attends Heroin Crisis Events

Dismas’ Diersen Director Ronyal Horton (left), President/CEO Ray Weis (second from left), and Executive Vice President Jan Kempf (right) attended a presentation by the award-winning author of Dreamland, Sam Quinones (second from right) during a weeklong session on the drug epidemic. The event was sponsored by a Clark County (IN) government and civic group consortium. […]

Dismas Charities Hattiesburg Holds Year-End Awards Event To Recognize Work Performance

In late December, the Hattiesburg facility held its annual Christmas Party that included awards to numerous staff to recognize their significant accomplishments “that lend themselves to the success of the program,” said Director Chris Kelly. Prior to the ceremony, Kelly challenged his staff to present to the world a “new and improved version” of themselves […]

Dismas Charities Atlanta Hosts Federal Judge’s, USPO And USM

The Dismas Charities Atlanta program hosted a facility tour for six U.S. Magistrate Judges, members of U.S. Probation Office and the U.S. Marshal’s service. Presentations on resident programming, employment and community service were made by Counselors Garvi McGee and Ashley Thompson and Employment Specialist Robert Thomas. Following a lunch by the facility’s kitchen staff, the […]

Dismas Charities Montgomery Staff Attend COSA Training

Montgomery Administrative staff members attended free training on Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse: A Crisis in Alabama, offered at the Council on Substance Abuse (COSA). Speakers covered the heroin epidemic in Alabama, the origin of heroin, as well as other abused narcotics. Staff were also informed about prevention efforts, evidence based curriculum’s in schools, college […]

Dismas Charities Atlanta Staff, Residents And CRB Members Hold 3rd Annual Human Trafficking Walk

To bring awareness to a brutal, complex and widespread crime of human trafficking, over 50 staff, residents and members of the Community Relations Board from Atlanta recently participated in their third Annual Human Trafficking Walk. According to Director Stephen Ricks, Atlanta is one of the nation’s largest hubs for human trafficking with most victims being […]

Diersen Charities Las Cruces Holds Second Program Completion Ceremony

In early February, the Las Cruces program conducted its second Program Completion Ceremony for all successful releases for that month. According to Director Samuel Campos, a participant’s release requires residents actively participate and complete all programming requirements with no disciplinary write-ups during their time in the program. Those completing celebrate their success with graduation robes […]

Dismas Charities Residents Receive Free Flu Shots

In early February, Bruce Eckerle, Director of the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy’s Center for Health & Wellness, and other volunteers administered 53 free flu vaccinations to residents of the Portland, St. Patrick and Louisville facilities. Assisting Eckerle were Drs. Emily Blaiklock and Julie Burris, and Adam Smalley. Like Us On Facebook!

Dismas Charities Montgomery Residents Help At Food Bank

In late January, five residents from the Montgomery facility volunteered their time to help at the local food bank by sorting and repacking food products for distribution to those in need in 35 counties in Alabama. The food bank also trades items with other food banks to insure needs are met in other areas. Above […]

Dismas Charities Manchester ‘Start-up’ Team Insures Excellence Standards Addressed

Before Dismas opens a new federal facility, the Bureau of Prisons completes a Pre-Occupancy Inspection. To insure every facet of the program meets BOP standards – and the Dismas Standard of Excellence – Dismas assembles a Start-Up Team on site. This group of seasoned veterans insures that everything from having the electricity turned on to […]

Dismas Charities Officials Visit U.S. Congressman Hurd

On a recent visit to Washington, Dismas President/CEO Ray Weis (right) and Executive Vice President Jan Kempf paid a visit to U.S. Representative Will Hurd (center) of the 23rd Congressional District which includes Del Rio, Texas. A native of San Antonio, Congressman Hurd serves on the Committee of Oversight and Reform where he chairs the […]