Archives for 2020

Dismas Charities Diersen Residents Graduate From Goodwill Program

Fourteen residents of the Louisville-based Diersen Substance Abuse Program graduated from Goodwill’s Virtual Soft Skills Academy Re-entry Class. The federally-funded program, launched last year, is designed to break the cycle of poverty, crime and incarceration in America, according to Director Ronyal Horton. One of the objectives is to ensure that the graduates become responsible citizens, […]

Dismas Charities Clarksburg’s Pyredoodle Rosie Brightens The Day For Staff, Residents

Rosie, a two-year-old Pyredoodle, is registered as a diabetic alert dog. She also serves Clarksburg West Virginia residents with her calming nature, relief from anxiety and loneliness, encourages communication, and reduces blood pressure. Rosie roams the facility and interacts with residents and staff alike. Here she poses for the camera with Employment Specialist Charles Owens. […]

‘Covidnator’ Strikes Fear In Hearts Of Germs; “Once Again, Dismas Charities Leads The Way”

It’s nickname is the “Covidnator”, but it’s title – the Apache Tomahawk 2000 UVC Germicidal Light Tower – is much more impressive. And Dismas Charities has two of them to help the organization fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The portable Ultraviolent Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) light tower, pictured above between National Risk Manager Tony Davenport (left) and […]

Dismas Charities St. Ann SAP Obtains AODE Licensure

In another Dismas Charities first, the St. Ann Substance Abuse Program has been fully licensed as an Outpatient Alcohol and Other Drug Entity (AODE) facility. The licensure was awarded January 28 by Surveyor Will Hendrickson of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). This approval was the culmination of many months of preparation, compiling documentation […]

Dismas Charities Savannah Resident Helped With Tie

Before signing out for a job interview and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Resident Douglas Freed (right) needed help with his tie. Resident Monitor Martez Arnold came to the rescue by adjusting the uneven and backward knot. Like Us On Facebook!

Dismas Charities St. Ann Holds Virtual AA Meetings; Participants Call For More!

Support Services Coordinator James Campbell (standing) helped arrange for a virtual AA meeting at the St. Ann campus. The event was so well received that the attendees requested more virtual meetings. Notice the “social” distance between the chairs. Like Us On Facebook!

Dismas Charities Charleston’s New Arrivals Schooled In Efforts To Stay Safe Amid COVID

Charleston Social Services Coordinator Amy Bess instructs new residents on how to make personal face masks. The masks are but one of the procedures the facility has implemented for new arrivals including providing them clothing while their clothes worn from the institution can be washed. They are also provided hygiene items upon arrival. Like Us […]

Concerned Citizen Aids Dismas Charities Tupelo With Masks

Ann Grant is a friend of Director Tina Johnson and a concerned citizen. So it came as no surprise to Johnson that Grant (third from left) and her four grandchildren would create and donate hand-made cloth masks for the staff and residents of the Dismas Charities Tupelo facility. The 85 masks were presented to Dismas […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City STARS Program Called “Epic”

Often the impact of programming within the Dismas Charities organization isn’t fully known. Residents attend and with the exception of rare occasions, do not share what, if anything, they felt they “got out of it.” That’s not the case with Sioux City Resident Wendy Gohn-Chavez, a recent graduate of S.T.A.R.S., an equine assisted therapy program. […]

Goodwill Goes Virtual On Softskills Re-Entry Class With Dismas Charities Residents

Due to COVID-19, Goodwill Industries got creative and began facilitating their Soft Skills re-entry class via the app, Microsoft Teams. Above are the graduates of their first virtual re-entry class from the Louisville-based Diersen Substance Abuse Program. Virtual training was also held at St. Ann. Like Us On Facebook!