C.K. Lawford Speaks At ACA Conference

Dismas President/CEO Ray Weis (left) was on hand for the 2018 American Correctional Association Conference Luncheon in which Christopher K. Lawford was the guest speaker. Lawford, who spent 20 years in film and television as an actor, lawyer and producer, is the author of two New York Times best selling books on addiction. In recovery […]

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 Dania Beach Recognizes Officers On Their Day

Dania Beach staff surprised several members of the Dania Beach Police Department with a token of appreciation for their hard work and daily commitment to insuring the community is safe by presenting them with goodie bags containing coffee, a mug and cookies. The gifts were in recognition of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, founded in […]

Dismas Charities Montgomery Holds Tea Party For Staff & Residents

Festooned with colorful hats and a warm, inviting atmosphere, Montgomery held its first Tea Party for female residents and staff. One part of the event was asking each attendee how they would like to be remembered. Resident Jennifer Blade stated “for being loving, caring and becoming the woman God called me to be.” Director Moszetta […]

Dismas Charities Dania Beach Residents Hard Work Recognized By Group

“We were so impressed with not only how hard they worked all day but how kind they were to our invitees. I have had many volunteers but never as wonderful as they all were.” Those words were spoken by Polly Wilkie, CEO and Founder of the Prestige Club, in presenting the Dania Beach program with […]

Dismas Charities Lubbock Thanks Teachers For Service

During a mid-January Community Relations Board meeting, the Lubbock program held a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon to say thank you to teachers who have voluntarily and collectively performed over 300 hours of education for the residents. Classes included budgeting/banking, employment search skills, health education, parenting, maintaining a healthy home, domestic violence, and transitional life skills. “As […]

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 […]

For 5th Year: Dismas Charities Macon Holds Love Bags And Lunches Event

The Macon facility held its 5th Annual Love Bags and Lunches event providing the homeless an opportunity to receive toiletry items, clothing and a sack lunch. “To serve the homeless is a very humbling experience because you can tell everyone appeared to be truly grateful,” said Director LaTonja Brown. It is estimated there are around […]

VA Representative Helps Dismas Charities Laredo Resident Veterans

Former Volunteer Toby Garcia, with the Veteran’s Administration Office in Laredo, recently visited the facility to donate 15 bags of hygiene items to residents who have served in the military. From left are Garcia, a Marine Corps veteran, Resident Ronald Hart, also from the Marines, Resident James Wade, an Army veteran, Laredo Director Daniel Reyes, […]

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 […]