In Memphis: Networking Enhances Clothes Closet

The Memphis clothes closet got a welcome boost recently thanks to the networking of Assistant Director Eric Powell’s mother, Alice Carter. Mrs. Carter was talking with John Jackson (right in above inset with Powell), who once owned a clothing store in his hometown of Port Gibson, Mississippi and wanted to donate clothes and shoes but […]

Diersen Charities Memphis Holds 8th Annual Job Fair

In October, Memphis hosted its 8th annual Resident Job Fair with 18 residents hired by the 13 agencies attending. Participating agencies included Workforce Investment Network, Memphis & Shelby County Office of Re -entry, Private First Class Driving Academy, A-One Staffing, Vocational Rehabilitation, Iron Workers, MidSouth Community College, Vatteratt College, Remmington College, Messick Adult Education and […]

Out-Of-Town Staff Attend STOP; Visit Nashville Diersen Charities Center

Dismas staff from around the country were in Nashville attending the recent Satellite Tracking of People (STOP) symposium and participated in a tour of the facility.  From left are Laredo Director Danny Reyes, Corpus Christi Assistant Director Cleo Campos, Regional Vice President Jimmy Jones, Las Cruces Director Sam Campos, Savannah Social Services Coordinator Brandon Miller, […]

Diersen Charities Nashville Helps Fire Victims

Spearheaded by Cook Delores Pozo, the Nashville (TN) staff donated seven large bags of clothing and supplies to help one of several families who lost their home and all their possessions to fire.

Diersen Charities Memphis Implements Dress For Success For Residents

The Memphis (TN) facility has always had a strict dress code for its staff, thanks to rules established by Director James Williams when it opened eight years ago. Now Williams is taking those same Dress for Success rules to another level by including residents leaving the facility to search for a job. Effective mid-February, Williams […]

Diersen Charities Nashville Residents Build More Than Just Their Lives

Nashville residents build more than just their lives Three of our Nashville (TN) residents recently received certificates following an 8-week Job Readiness Basic Construction training program sponsored by Goodwill Industries. Classes included construction math and drawings, material handling, communication skills, framing, drywall, electrical, plumbing, siding, flooring, painting, trimming, and hand and power tool operation. As […]

Diersen Charities Nashville Series Talk lists myriad of “how to’s” for job interviews

At a recent Series Talk, an event held quarterly by the Nashville program and Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Burley Nelson (above right) spoke to the residents about Building and Maintaining Your Brand During a Job Search. Nelson, Vice President of Human Resources for Direct Auto Insurance, explained that their brand is synonymous with their reputation […]

Memphis Scores Big With New Facility Basketball Court

The Memphis facility has put the finishing touches on their basketball court which sports the name of the facility at the free throw line. Eager to put the newest recreational aspect of the facility to use, Director James Williams is in the process of organizing a 3-on-3 tournament, and a 3-point shooting contest for the […]

Diersen Charities Nashville Supports NAMI

Staff and residents of the Nashville program joined the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) for an April 12 fundraising and awareness walk. Patients, family members, along with walkers from Centerstone, Park Center, Vanderbilt, and Tri-Star Health also took part in the event. The Nashville facility works with NAMI throughout the year on several volunteer […]

Judge meets with Dismas Charities Nashville residents

On April 17, General Sessions Court Judge Angelina Dalton told the Nashville residents about  the entire court system and reminded them to “Respect the court and the court respects you.”