Dismas Charities Macon Receives Compliments From ACA Chair

Sometimes it’s the small tokens of appreciation that mean so much to us instead of big gestures. Such was the case recently for the Dismas Charities Macon program when Bonnie O’Brien, Chair of an American Correctional Association (ACA) Audit Team, gave Director LaTonja Brown a card showing her appreciation during a recent inspection of her […]

Former Resident Speaks At Dismas Charities Atlanta Facility

Former Atlanta resident Brandi Davis visited the facility and spoke to the Women’s Group about her struggles and how she was able to succeed. Davis gave each attendee a copy of her book that details the difficulty African American women face in the penal system. She also gave the women hygiene items and Christmas gifts […]

Omaha Employment Skills Class Hears About Permanent Jobs

During the weekly Employment Skills class, Barbara Barraza, a Recruiter for Associated Staffing, discussed employment opportunities available through her agency. Unlike some temporary employment agencies, Associated Staffing contracts with employers seeking permanent employees, who may use their agency to hire directly, or provide a probationary period to evaluate the employee’s work performance prior to transferring […]

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 […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Residents Get Passport!

All of Sioux City’s female residents were given a special Passport to Health as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to learning about the disease, each resident received a pink compact mirror. The facility is raising money for the cause by staff members paying $1 to wear jeans from October to November. Like […]

Former Resident Speaks At Dismas Charities Dania Beach

Former Dania Beach resident CeCe Espeut, now a sought-after speaker and advocate of second chances for offenders, visited the facility to talk about her successes following incarceration. She was a resident at the Dismas residential re-entry facility following a two-year federal sentence for drug conspiracy. According to her website, Espeut uses charm and wit to […]

Dismas Charities Diersen Clients Help Wayside Mission Homeless

With guidance from The Grateful Threads group of Jeffersontown Christian Church, several clients of the Louisville-based Diersen Sub-stance Abuse Program crocheted and knitted 35 scarves and hats for the homeless residents of Wayside Christian Mission. The clients, all members of New Life in Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), participated in the fourth annual outreach […]

Dismas Charities Augusta Staff/Residents Participate In Cancer Walk

After staff raised over $200 toward research, 13 Augusta residents and four staff participated in the annual Miracle Mile Breast Cancer Walk. All pro-ceeds go to University Hospital, which provides free mammograms, treat-ment and surgery for those unable to pay.

Dismas Charities Charleston Hears Christmas Story Of Success

Randy Christmas was a Charleston resident four years ago and while there found an entry-level job at the Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center where he answered the phone and cleaned. Since that time, Christmas (standing) has been promoted to Com-munity Specialist, a position where he administers a $60,000 grant to assist those in need with their […]

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 […]