Archives for May 2015

Validation Of Re-Entry Assessment Tool

Dismas Charities, Inc., along with Orbis Partners of Ottawa, Canada, released the results of the use of the SPin, Risk Needs and Strength Assessment on re-entry populations. The study, authored by Drs. David Robinson and Natalie Jones of Orbis and Dismas’ own Regional Vice President Faith Good , definitively supports the concept that the greater […]

Resident Monitor Uses Song To Welcome Clients

Diersen Resident Monitor Celestine Sterling recently composed a song that all 80 clients of the facility sing to each new arrival of the program. The lyrics are:  If you don’t want it, then you won’t get it. If you don’t get it, then you don’t want it. “It’s just a quick song to make the […]

Dismas Charities Atlanta; US Attorney Education Initiative

In early February, Atlanta resident James Armstrong volunteered to speak before 75 students about his experiences and re-entry challenges during a Speaker’s Bureau event organized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. The Attorney’s Office asked that the Atlanta facility provide residents for group discussions as a means for them to […]

Memorial Day 5-25-2015

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering those who died while serving in our armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while […]

Dismas Charities Savannah Residents Visit Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum; View Film Selma

In February, Dismas Charities Savannah residents celebrated Black History Month by visiting the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. Gilbert was a local leader in the quest for civil rights, including serving as president of the local NAACP chapter. In addition, 20 residents also attended a showing of the movie Selma. After the movie, one […]

Dismas Charities Orlando Feeds The Homeless

Recently six Dismas Charities Orlando staff members participated in a United Way community service event to help feed the homeless at the Orlando Salvation Army kitchen. A future opportunity for the Orlando staff will be to tackle the job of scrubbing the same kitchen until it is spotless. Staff pictured from left are Employment Specialist […]

Dismas Charities Savannah Donates To Teen Crisis Shelter

In mid-February, Savannah staff visited Park Place Outreach, a teen runaway crisis shelter, to present staff-created gift baskets for the five female and one male teen currently housed at the center. The baskets included nail polish, reading and writing materials, candy, snacks, personal hygiene items and stuffed animals. Savannah Director Katina Wheeler said the shelter […]

Dismas Charities Orlando & Macon Participate In Dr. King Marches

On January 17, the town of Eatonville, Florida held their 38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Parade. Among the floats, groups, politicians, and bands, were representatives from Dismas Charities Orlando. Director Stephen Ricks, Assistant Director Jerry James, and Case Manager Marven Gee carried a banner showing Dismas’ support, with a small group of residents […]

Dismas Charities Orlando Bake Sale Benefits HIV/AIDS

Dismas Charities Orlando staff members, including Resident Monitor Ericka Hardemon (above), provided a variety of goodies for a Bake Sale to benefit the Hope and Help organization which provides HIV/AIDS testing, information, and awareness. Residents and staff members will join the organization in an AIDS Walk in downtown Orlando. Over $250 was raised. Like Us […]

Dismas Charities Owensboro Staff Attend Heroin Awareness Event

Dismas Charities Owensboro Director T. C. Cox and Counselors Nick Hayes and Jarrod Anderson attended the Daviess County Treatment Providers Community Forum about Heroin in Kentucky, with an emphasis on the Daviess County/Owensboro area. Guest Speaker State Representative Joni Jenkins spoke about her personal family issue with heroin and of the Good Samaritan Bill she […]