Diersen Charities Las Cruces; Dismas Charities Tucson Staff Learn Of Mental Health First Aid

The Las Cruces and Tucson staffs recently completed training Mental Health First Aid. Six Las Cruces staff members attended Mental Health First Aid training at the Doña Ana County Government Center. “With the growing number of mental health cases at our centers it’s imperative that staff are aware of the signs and symptoms of those […]

Diersen Charities Las Cruces Honors First Responders With Cookout

The Las Cruces program held a “First Responder Appreciation Cookout” to show their gratitude for the services that the Las Cruces Police, Fire and Emergency Medical personnel provide to the center. The event was featured in the local paper, Las Cruces Sun-News. The event was coordinated in part by Social Services Coordinator Melissa Patino, who […]

Diersen Charities Las Cruces Holds Monitor Training

In late June, the Las Cruces program held an offsite team-building exercise for all Resident Monitors. The training touched on all aspects of the job and emphasized how to work more effectively as a team. A variety of exercises were held to demonstrate how unity in the work place is a vital part of the […]

Diersen Charities Las Cruces Holds Monitor Training

6 In late June, the Las Cruces program held an offsite team-building exercise for all Resident Monitors. The training touched on all aspects of the job and emphasized how to work more effectively as a team. A variety of exercises were held to demonstrate how unity in the work place is a vital part of […]

Dismas Charities Las Cruces Holds Employer Luncheon

The Dismas Charities Las Cruces facility held a luncheon and presented appreciation plaques to the top three employers who hire its residents. Empereon Marketing call center, The Shed restaurant, and Olam Spices & Vegetables were the agencies spotlighted. Juan Diaz, Employment Services Coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, spoke to the current […]

Judges, U.S. Probation Supervisor Visit Diersen Charities Las Cruces

The Las Cruces program recently hosted a reception and tour for U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory Fouratt, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales and Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer Carlos Flores. Staff worked together to provide a short presentation of the facility’s operations and programs. Dismas’ 50th Anniversary video was also shown. From left are Director Samuel Campos, […]

Dismas Charities Las Cruces Assistant Director Helps Homeless Children

In mid-March, Las Cruces Assistant Director Irma Smith (below in white cap) volunteered with local church “Heart for the World,” in an outreach event for homeless children and their families. Over 400 pairs of new shoes were donated to children from McArthur Elementary School, statistically considered one of the poorest schools in the city and […]

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 […]

Diersen Charities Albuquerque Graduates Nutrition Class Participants

The Albuquerque facility has implemented an on-going nutrition class for residents, taught by New Mexico State University’s Department of Agriculture and the school’s Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition (ICAN) program. ICAN’s mission is to reduce nutritional health disparities in New Mexico and make a measurable positive impact on the well-being of its communities through evidence […]

Dismas Charities Las Cruces Holds Completion Ceremony/Graduation

Socrates once said “the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Change was the keyword spoken at the Las Cruces facility’s first-ever Program Completion Ceremony in early September. The idea of the observance came to life recently when staff brain-stormed ideas that […]