Dismas Charities Dania Beach Holds Variety Of Reentry Activities

Dania Beach Social Services Coordinator Samantha Papin and Counselor Tarnell Morley organized this year’s Resident Reentry Week with activities and speakers. Barriers to Employment, was presented by U.S. Probation Supervisor Brian Brownstein, and Conflict Coaching through Families in Distress by Treatment Officer Amanda Peters and Dr. Cheryl White. Residents were also treated to a movie […]

Dismas Charities Dania Beach Staff Walk In Shoes During Simulation

Dania Beach staff participated in a second Reentry Simulation hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in late April. The event allowed staff and other attendees to experience real life hurdles that returning citizens experience after incarceration. “During the three-hour event our staff walked in the shoes of our returning citizens and experienced four weeks in […]

13 Dismas Charities Dania Beach Staff Become Certified In Mental Health Issues

In an effort to better serve residents entering the Dania Beach facility with mental health issues, 13 staff recently became certified in Mental Health-First Aid at Miami-Dade College. The eight-hour training covered how to help those experiencing a mental health concern, an emotional crisis or a substance abuse disorder and taught the participants how to […]

Warden Visits Dismas Charities Dania Beach Program

During its March Community Relations Board Meeting Warden B. H. Romero from FCC-Miami visited the Dania Beach program. Romero, acknowledging this was his first visit to a residential reentry center, “was very impressed with the facility and the different programs and resources provided for the residents,” said Director Ivonne Cavanaugh. Above from left are Social […]

Dismas Charities Dania Beach Participates In Oasis Clean-Up

In mid-March, Dania Beach Director Ivonne Cavanaugh (third from left) and residents of the program participated in the annual Oasis Community Clean Up, an effort focused on improving the physical quality of the city’s neighborhoods and improving the quality of life of its residents and visitors. The program is also designed to improve specific streets […]

Dismas Charities Orlando Holds Reentry Workshop

The Orlando facility hosted a Reentry Workshop in mid-March in association with the U.S. Attorney’s office. Panelists included Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Florida Roger Handburg, Supervisory Probation Officer Middle District of Florida Julio Dominguez, David Cramer, of His Healing Hand Ministries, Gail Pressley, of Career Source Central Florida, Akima Guinyard, of Trio […]

Dismas Charities Orlando Cleans Adopted Highway

Staff members and residents from the Orlando facility held their quarterly clean-up of a two-mile portion of Lee Road. A large amount of trash and other debris was collected. Like Us On Facebook!

Dismas Charities Orlando Staff Helps Finance Harbor House

Members of the Orlando staff were among the 800 attendees at the annual Harbor House Purple Door Breakfast. Harbor House of Central Florida offers an emergency shelter, a hotline and other support and services for victims of domestic violence. “We are proud to call them our partners and glad we were able to help bring […]

Dismas Charities Orlando Helps Sort School Supplies

The Orlando facility partnered with the Salvation Army and the Orlando Sentinel newspaper in sorting a large donation of school supplies. Over 20 residents and staff were on hand to assist their community partners in preparing the supplies for delivery to underprivileged children in Central Florida. Like Us On Facebook!

Dismas Charities Orlando Residents Screen The If Project

Dismas Charities 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 since […]