Professor Trains Dismas Charities Charleston Staff On How To Use Narcan

University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Professor Lindsay Acree (standing) recently trained the Charleston staff on recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose. Acree, who has performed long term studies on the effects that opioid drugs have on the human body as well as the best treatment for overdoses, provided staff the opportunity to practice […]

Dismas Charities Charleston Staff Race For The Cure

Four Charleston staff recently participated in the annual 5K Race for the Cure fundraiser for cancer research. Denice Isaacs, a veteran of many 5K runs, placed second in her age category. Above from left are Amy Hinzman, Kayla Thaxton and Cory Lowery, and Isaacs. Like Us On Facebook!

Dismas Charities West Virginia Directors Attend “High in Plain Sight” Training

Charleston Director Jim Sands and Clarksburg Director Emily Gillispie attended “High in Plain Sight” training, designed to show how drug paraphernalia, drug products, and drug trends are “hiding” and can be hidden where one would not normally see them, i.e. pockets in hats, hoodies and shirts, and photos and logos on shirts that look normal […]

Dismas Charities Charleston Holds Training Symposium

Fourteen Re-entry Case Managers and other staff from the USP Big Sandy recently visited the Charleston program for a Training Symposium on community corrections. The prison staff was there to learn how to better prepare inmates for release to a residential re-entry center like Dismas Charities. Charleston staff conducted training on accountability, employment, drug testing, […]

Dismas Charities Clarksburg Starts Library

Thanks to the generosity of two staff members and the father of one of them, the Clarksburg has begun a library for its residents. Counselor Anne Martin (left) and Director Emily Gillispie and the latter’s father, Bill, have kicked off the reading program with books covering everything from non-fiction novels to automotive repair to religious […]

Dismas Charities Clarksburg Begins Food And Nutrition Class

In partnership with the West Virginia University Extension Service, the Clarksburg program has begun a nine-week course in food preparation and nutrition. The class, held as part of the services’ Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is held weekly and involves hands-on educational opportunities for residents who prepare and […]

Dismas Charities Charleston Aids Weimer Elementary School

For seven consecutive years Charleston staff and residents, in conjunction with the Jefferson Business Association, pitch in to help disadvantaged students of Weimer Elementary School by providing them with needed hygiene and sanitary items. Over 70 percent of the students are from lower economic areas, according to Director Jim Sands. Like Us On Facebook!

Dismas Charities Charleston Aids Weimer Elementary School

For seven consecutive years Charleston staff and residents, in conjunction with the Jefferson Business Association, pitch in to help disadvantaged students of Weimer Elementary School by providing them with needed hygiene and sanitary items. Over 70 percent of the students are from lower economic areas, according to Director Jim Sands. Like Us On Facebook!

Resident Addresses Dismas Charities Clarksburg Community Relations Board

At a recent Community Relations Board meeting, ClarksburgHome Detention Resident Petrus Hawkins shared his journey and successes since leaving the facility. Hawkins (standing) is currently on home detention and is now a full time employee with a gas and oil company. He has achieved nearly all of the goals he set including obtaining shared custody […]

Dismas Charities Clarksburg Joins Adopt A Highway Program

Clarksburg has partnered with Adopt A Highway to maintain a section of Route 50. Eleven residents from the facility along with Counselor Malissa Sanders and Resident Monitor Supervisor Richard Townsend volunteered to pick up litter and debris as a way to give back to the community by providing a safe and clean environment for travelers […]