Archives for 2014

A Message from Dismas Charities President/CEO

2014 has held many shining moments for Dismas Charities, and perhaps none more prideful than the honor of celebrating 50 years of life. With this milestone anniversary year, we have taken a respectful and loving look back at our Founder Father William Diersen, whose compassion and humility brought significant social change enabling the work we […]

Dismas Charities Charleston marks Dismas 50th

Charleston (WV) Director Jim Sands (center) and Resident Monitor Ayanna Earl served residents, staff, neighbors, guests, and visitors hot dogs, baked beans, cold slaw, macaroni salad, and chips on the parking lot during the facility’s celebration of 50th Anniversary of Dismas Charities. To announce their celebration, the facility hung a banner on the facility fence […]

Dismas Charities Dania Staff Speak On Pre-Release At Federal Prison Camp In Miami

In August, Dania Beach (FL) Director Ana Gispert (left) and Assistant Director Ivonne Cavanaugh (right) were invited by Bureau of Prisons officials to the Federal Prison Camp in Miami to participate in the prerelease class for 65 inmates, which targets soon-to-be released men from the Federal institutions in South Florida. The goal of the sessions […]

Merry Christmas!

Dismas Charities wishes everyone peace, comfort and joy for Christmas and through out the Holiday Season.  May we be grateful, compassionate and giving as we celebrate this Holy Season.  And may we at Dismas Charities continue our mission of Healing the Human Spirit.  Merry Christmas!

Dismas Charities Laredo Again Donates Shoes To Mission

For the 10th consecutive year, the Laredo (TX) facility, in cooperation with U. S. Probation and the U. S. Border Patrol, collected and delivered 73 pair of shoes and back to-school supplies to the needy children of the Mission in El Cenizo, Texas. Other significant partners in the drive were Wal-Mart, American Electric Power, and […]

Dismas Charities Charleston Enters Corporate Cook-Off

In late Summer, Charleston (WV)staff members competed in a city-wide cooking competition similar to the Food Channel’s Iron Chef series. The event pitted employees from 11 businesses against one another and provided five mystery ingredients to create the meal, with each team having access to a pantry of spices, condiments, oils and other ingredients. The […]

KDOC Staff Tour Dismas Charities St. Ann Program

Kentucky Department of Corrections Substance Abuse Program (SAP) Administrator Mylea McFelea (left) and SAP Director Kevin Pangburn (center), recently toured the St. Ann program. Pangburn announced that he was handing off the day-to-day clinical decisions of the program to McFelea, according to Director Mark Meredith (right). The St Ann facility is one of three SAP […]

Dismas Charities Savannah Celebrates Dismas 50th Anniversary

In early September, the Savannah (GA) facility celebrated Dismas’ 50th Anniversary at Tom Triplett Park overlooking the lake. The program included the history of Dismas, a slide show presentation of Savannah’s involvement in the community, remarks by Regional Vice President Jimmy Jones, and presentation of a $200 check to the Groves High School Cheerleaders, which the […]

Dismas Charities Sioux City Staff Answer ALS Challenge

Six members of the Sioux City (IA) staff joined the national ALS Ice Bucket fund-raising challenge in August by having themselves doused in ice water. Director Robyn Deacon is shown above being drowned by Resident Monitor Melissa Comar. Above from left are Resident Monitors Emmanuel Saint Louis, Comar, Deacon, Resident Monitor Annette Trotter and Social […]

Diersen Charities Albuquerque Staff Take Advice From Diabetes Expert And Dismas Friend Jesse Sturgeon

In early May, the Albuquerque (NM) program received a visit from Dismas’ Vice President of Development Den Freaney and Jesse Sturgeon, a long-time Friend of Dismas, who is heavily involved in promoting diabetes awareness and healthier lifestyles.  Sturgeon, a professional runner who gained notoriety by winning the Corpus Christi Beach to Bay Relay Marathon under […]