Archives for April 2014

Dismas Charities Macon GA Recognizes Effective Search Techniques

  Five Macon Resident Monitors were recognized for their professional pat searching techniques during a staff training session by finding contraband creatively hidden on their co-workers. Above from left are monitors Paul Chaney, Stephanie Smith, Lewis Goodwin, Solomon Green, and Robert Johnson.

Portland, Louisville, KY culinary class graduates three

Scott Johnson, Jerramia Wilkerson, and Robert Standridge are the latest Portland residents to graduate from Cook Jamie Hall’s intensive Kitchen Skills Training Program. Hall created the Program to assist residents develop job skills.  Cook Hall provides certificates detailing these talents to prospective employers verifying their expertise. The students were taught how to efficiently and effectively […]

Dismas Charities – Dania Beach FL Director attends Step Forward event at FCI-Miami

  Dania Beach Director Ana Gispert (at left in white) recently attended a Step Forward 2 Re-entry event at FCI-Miami designed to provide inmates, who will be releasing in the next six months to a year, with information from different sources. The 150 participants included those from OSHA, EEOC, Opportunities Industrialization Center of South Florida, […]

Dismas Charities – Greensboro NC staff attend school career fair

  On March 13, Greensboro Counselor Elizabeth Gainey (right) and Word Processor and former intern Natalie Trapp represented Dismas at the Jefferson Elementary School Career Fair.  Attendees completed an information scavenger hunt fashioned to learn  about various careers. According to Gainey, parents attending expressed an interest in Dismas and about volunteer opportunities available.

Dismas Charities – Savannah GA. Helps Urban Christian Academy

Throughout the past year, the staff and residents of the Savannah facility have assisted Urban Christian Academy by helping clean restrooms, mop floors, shampoo and vacuum carpets, and cleaning toys.  Above Social Services Coordinator Brandon Miller lends a hand.

Tupelo staff undergo orientation

  Lexington Director Sheryl Fisher (right) begins the process of acclimating Tupelo, Mississippi staff members on what is expected of them, how the program will operate and the importance of maintaining the Dismas Standard of Excellence.  The Tupelo program opened March 1 and is Dismas’ newest Federal Bureau of Prisons contract.

Dismas Charities Bob Yates and Ronyal Horton Honored At Luncheon

  Vice President of Public Relations Bob Yates (far right in left photo) accepts a fleur de les departing gift from Dismas President/CEO Ray Weis (left) and Executive Vice President Jan Kempf during Yates’ retirement luncheon. Yates and Diersen Director Ronyal Horton (right in right photo) were also presented with their 20-year longevity pins by […]

Hamilton named Dismas Charities-Macon Assistant Director

Macon Resident Monitor Chaun Hamilton has been promoted to Assistant Director. Joining Dismas in 2010, Hamilton has served as a patrol officer for the Jeffersonville (GA) Police Department and as a campus police officer for Ft. Valley State University, from which he obtained his BA in Criminal Justice.  

WV Corrections Rep Visits Dismas Charities-Charleston

After hearing of the employment successes at Dismas’ Charleston facility, West Virginia Department of Corrections Employment Coordinator Brenda Huffman visited the facility to learn their secrets.  During a tour, Director James Sands (above left) and Employment Specialist Wanda Shank (right) explained that developing employment skills, insuring accountability and “good old fashioned shoe leather” are what […]

Dismas Charities-Dania Beach turns out for city event

For the second straight year, five staff and 14 residents at Dania Beach volunteered to help with the city’s annual Arts and Seafood Festival.  Dismas is the largest group of volunteers from any organization helping with the event, according to Director Ana Gispert. In thanks, City Economic Development Manager Dan Murphy wrote Gispert saying “…the […]