Archives for May 2014

Diersen (KY) Holds Runway Event

As part of their final project, Brown Mackie interns hosted a Project Runway themed party to promote self-esteem and confidence among the female clients in the Substance Abuse Program at the Diersen (KY) center. Voting was held for the best dressed, hair, makeup and jewelry, best runway personality, best announcer, best runway song, most on […]

Former Resident Joins Bates Prison Ministry

  St. Ann (KY) Assistant Director Michael Edwards (left) provided supervisors training for Bates Memorial Church Prison Ministry volunteers Henry Booker and David Brown who will provide religious instruction and education classes for St. Ann’s clients. Booker (right) was a Dismas client 20 years ago.

Macon (GA) staff participate in mock high school job fair

Director LaTonja Brown and Assistant Director Chaun Hamilton partnered with Central High School’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Department to conduct interviews during a Mock Job Fair for seniors held March 12. Above Hamilton (facing camera) interviews Senior Quincy Davis.

Dismas Charities Portland (KY) Interns Teach Lessons

On March 10, 15 Spalding University Occupational Therapy student interns provided four life lessons sessions for Portland residents. The sessions included paying attention to our feelings, practicing appropriate ways to meet needs; sleep hygiene, which explored how healthy sleep patterns can assist in the ability to accomplish one’s desired goals, and money management, which identified […]

Dismas Charities Savannah (GA) Resident Named Church Usher

After being personally asked by Second Arnold Baptist Church’s Pastor Hall, Savannah Resident Michael Rowe has been chosen to be the newest Usher. Pastor Hall also purchased two suits for Rowe and presented him with the church’s official Usher pendant. According to Director Katina Wheeler, Rowe has been an outstanding resident by always having a […]

Former Dismas Charities Resident Shares Success

“I remember sitting around in a hopeless state of mind, as a result of self-imposed crises, during my stay at (a state-run) correctional complex. I was tired of finding myself in those situations with no one to blame except myself. A friend handed me a packet from Dismas Charities with various halfway houses across the […]

El Paso (TX) intern named to D.C. post

University of Texas at El Paso MSW student intern Sara Polk (second from left), has been selected for a public policy fellowship program in Washington, D.C. The Archer Center’s Graduate Program in Public Policy, established by the University of Texas System, brings graduate students studying policy and politics to Washington to learn about public service […]

Board members attend SAP graduation

Dismas Board of Directors Vice Chairman Bill Ferko (left) and Secretary Art Potter (right) congratulate client Mike Campbell following the 38th Substance Abuse Program (SAP) graduation at the St. Ann campus in early April. Also attending was Board member Jim Simon.

Portland bakes cookies for school

On April 11, residents of the Portland facility cooked 900 cookies for Crosby Middle School’s spring musical. This is the second year Dismas has provided the cookies.

Thinking for a Change at Portland (KY)

The second class of residents enrolled in the Thinking for a Change program graduated recently. The 12-week program helps residents learn that thinking controls behavior. The program includes 25 separate modules. Class facilitators pictured are Assistant Parole Officer Supervisor Erica Hargis (left in front row), Parole Officer Amanda London (third from right) and Parole Officer […]