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, […]

Tupelo’s Social Service Coordinator Attends Career Expo; 7,200 Attend

Tupelo Social Services Coordinator Keri Dykes (fourth from left) recently volunteered at the annual Imagine the Possibilities career expo, sponsored by the CREATE Foundation, a group committed to improving the quality of life for those in Northeast Mississippi. During the three-day event, 7,200 eighth graders from 75 schools in 17 Mississippi counties attended. The interactive […]

Dismas Charities Chef Hall Changing Minds “One Cheeseburger At A Time”

Chef Jamie Hall, Food Service Coordinator for the Dismas Charities Portland facility, was interviewed on WCHQ-FM radio about his past work as a chef, the kitchen skills program he teaches to the residents there and the cooking he now performs for Dismas Charities. Hall (right), who oversees the cooking of some 44,000 meals a month […]

Diersen Staff Donate To McDonald House

In an effort to set an example of the importance of “giving back”, residents of the Louisville-based Diersen facility purchased gift cards to various restaurants and donated them to the Ronald McDonald House which provides stability and resources for families whose children are hospitalized. Above, Diersen Resident Monitor Celestine Sterling poses with a Ronald McDonald […]

Dismas Charities Savannah Staff Entertain Seniors With Bingo

Savannah staff volunteered their time to operate a Bingo at the Georgia Infirmary Adult Day Center, a facility which helps elderly and physical disabled live independently and is designed to help avoid or delay nursing home placement, decrease hospitalizations and emphasize preventive health care. Staff, which included (standing from left) Resident Monitor Renee Williams, Social […]

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 […]