Diersen Charities Memphis Facility Director James Williams Speaks At MLK School

Memphis Director James Williams was the guest speaker at the Martin Luther King High School Honors Program in late January. Williams was accompanied by Assistant Director Markia Bearden who donated balloon columns from her business “Busy B’s Balloons”. The event honored students who had perfect attendance, and made the honor roll or principals list. Williams […]

Dismas Charities Memphis Day Reporting Staffer Attends Rock The Block Community Event

Memphis Day Reporting Center Social Services Coordinator Pamela Harlan-McSwain (right) attended the Rock the Block network fair at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). The event allowed community organizations to become knowledgeable about different programs or collaborations available in the area. Harlan-McSwain met with Dr. Kennard Brown), Executive Vice Chancellor of UTHSC to […]

Diersen Charities Nashville Residents Hope To R.I.S.E.

In late October, 12 Nashville Dismas residents attended a speech at U.S. Probation introducing a new Realizing Individual Success and Empowerment (RISE) program. The initiative, being undertaken by the U.S. Courts and Federal Probation, includes intensive programming, interaction with probation officers and judges on a bi-weekly basis, and access to legal and social services and […]

Diersen Charities Memphis Day Reporting Center Staff Prepare Lunch For Area Homeless

Members of the Memphis area homeless community were given lunch bags by staff from the Memphis Day Reporting Center (DRC) as part of a community-wide effort to help those less fortunate. The homeless benefiting from the effort volunteer to work at cleaning around the city as part of the Work Local Memphis program. DRC staff […]

Judges Campbell And Richardson Visit Diersen Charities Nashville

The Nashville program was recently visited by newly-appointed Middle Tennessee District Judge William Campbell and soon-to-be-appointed Federal Judge Eli Richardson. The group discussed of the re-entry process and how the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), U.S. Probation (USPO), the courts and Dismas can work together to address the needs of the offender population. The attendees also […]

Diersen Charities Memphis Programs Visited By Criminal Justice Group

Several members of the federal criminal justice system were present during a recent Bureau of Prisons (BOP) monitoring at the new Memphis Day Reporting Center (DRC). In addition to a question-and-answer session with Director Eric Powell, the entourage was given a tour, followed by a second tour of the Memphis Residential Re-entry Center (RRC) which […]

Diersen Charities Memphis Hosts Health Care Forum

The Memphis program, in cooperation with Methodist South Hospital and the Memphis Health Center, hosted a community health care forum at the facility to share what new services were available for the residents. The hospital and health center provide most of the free or reduced medical services for the Memphis residents. Like Us On Facebook!

Dinner In Nashville Benefits Dismas Charities Corpus Christi fundraising Efforts To Impact Diabetes Research

Mike Corona (center), son of Dismas Charities Corpus Christi Director Mike Corona and co-owner of the Mockingbird Restaurant in Nashville, held a special dinner to help his father raise money for the American Diabetes Association. The $1,300 raised from the event will be added to that from other fundraisers and what will be contributed from […]

Diersen Charities Memphis Recognizes Employees For Years Of Service

Memphis Director James Williams recently presented several of his employees with their anniversary Dismas pens. From left are Counselor Donald Bolden (1 year), Resident Monitor Myra Smalls (3 years), Cook Annette Martin (1 year), Social Services Coordinator Markia Bearden (10 years), Resident Monitor Hazel Longstreet (10 years), Resident Monitor Loretha Knox (10 years), Counselor Jasmine […]

Diersen Charities Memphis Karaoke Night Is Big Success

In late July, Memphis staff and residents were treated to a karaoke night. Staff helping with the musical diversion were Social Services Coordinator Markia Bearden as the emcee, Assistant Director Eric Powell as videographer and mixologist, and Resident Monitors Tiffany Sain, Jacqueline Macklin, and Loretha Knox serving refreshments. Director James Williams’ wife of 20 years […]