Dismas Charities Hattiesburg Director Recognizes Staff

During a recent awards program, Hattiesburg Director Chris Kelly (left) presented Resident Monitor Darrian Payne with a Certificate of Achievement for his above and beyond performance. “Darrian performs in an excellent manner that has been unparalleled,” Kelly said. Takeisha Bonner-Jasper (right) was also recognized for her fifth year of service to Dismas. Like Us On […]

Federal Judge Starrett Visits Dismas Charities Hattiesburg

U.S. Federal Judge Keith Starrett, of the Southern District of Mississippi, recently visited the Dismas Charities Hattiesburg Mississippi facility along with his Secretary Debra Jackson, and U.S. Probation Officer Amanda Pierce. Director Chris Kelly hosted a lunch and tour of the program. The attendees discussed the newly-developed Employment Court, designed to help offenders without adequate […]

Tupelo’s Social Service Coordinator Attends Career Expo; 7,200 Attend

Tupelo Social Services Coordinator Keri Dykes (fourth from left) recently volunteered at the annual Imagine the Possibilities career expo, sponsored by the CREATE Foundation, a group committed to improving the quality of life for those in Northeast Mississippi. During the three-day event, 7,200 eighth graders from 75 schools in 17 Mississippi counties attended. The interactive […]

Dismas Charities Tupelo Residents Hear From Former Residents

During National Reentry Week, former residents Stephen Goins and Johnny Nash, and recent, successful graduates of the North Mississippi Reentry Court spoke to current Tupelo residents about the pitfalls and mistakes they made upon release. A question-and answer session followed with U.S. Probation Officer and RRC Liaison Chad Redditt. Goins and Nash served an average […]

Dismas Charities Tupelo Residents Hear From Former Residents

During National Reentry Week, former residents Stephen Goins and Johnny Nash, and recent, successful graduates of the North Mississippi Reentry Court spoke to current Tupelo residents about the pitfalls and mistakes they made upon release. A question-andanswer session followed with U.S. Probation Officer and RRC Liaison Chad Redditt. Goins and Nash served an average of […]

Dismas Charities Tupelo Helps Salvation Army

For the second consecutive year Tupelo staff and residents volunteered to help The Salvation Army set up for their annual Empty Bowls luncheon, their largest fundraiser to provide support for the community. “It is a great way for our residents to give back to them for helping our residents in need throughout the year,” said […]

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 Hattiesburg Director Recognized SSC Wilson

“Dismas Charities Hattiesburg became a better agency the day she decided to accept the job offer”. Those comments, voiced by Director Chris Kelly, summed up his feelings for Social Services Coordinator Tashara Wilson who he recently presented with a plaque for her dedication to duty. The plaque Kelly presented to Wilson noted that she has […]

Dismas Charities Tupelo Holds First Annual Health Fair

During Tupelo’s first annual Health Fair, Resident Cedryck Spain demonstrates the “patch” he is using to help him stop smoking. The anti-smoking booth at the Fall Into Fitness event included representatives from North Mississippi Medical Center, the Lions Club, Mississippi State Extension Service, S.A.F.E., and Smiles To Go. Residents participated in free screenings for vision, […]

Dismas Charities Tupelo Staff Volunteer At Career Expo

Staff from the Tupelo program were among some 450 volunteers who offered their time to help with a three-day career expo for over 7,000 eighth grade students from Northeast Mississippi. The 2016 Imagine the Possibilities event, organized by the CREATE Foundation, offered the opportunity for hands-on exhibits which proved to be a unique way to […]