Archives for March 2018

Dismas Charities Lubbock Thanks Teachers For Service

During a mid-January Community Relations Board meeting, the Lubbock program held a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon to say thank you to teachers who have voluntarily and collectively performed over 300 hours of education for the residents. Classes included budgeting/banking, employment search skills, health education, parenting, maintaining a healthy home, domestic violence, and transitional life skills. “As […]

Dismas Charities Clarksburg Begins Food And Nutrition Class

In partnership with the West Virginia University Extension Service, the Clarksburg program has begun a nine-week course in food preparation and nutrition. The class, held as part of the services’ Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is held weekly and involves hands-on educational opportunities for residents who prepare and […]

For 5th Year: Dismas Charities Macon Holds Love Bags And Lunches Event

The Macon facility held its 5th Annual Love Bags and Lunches event providing the homeless an opportunity to receive toiletry items, clothing and a sack lunch. “To serve the homeless is a very humbling experience because you can tell everyone appeared to be truly grateful,” said Director LaTonja Brown. It is estimated there are around […]

VA Representative Helps Dismas Charities Laredo Resident Veterans

Former Volunteer Toby Garcia, with the Veteran’s Administration Office in Laredo, recently visited the facility to donate 15 bags of hygiene items to residents who have served in the military. From left are Garcia, a Marine Corps veteran, Resident Ronald Hart, also from the Marines, Resident James Wade, an Army veteran, Laredo Director Daniel Reyes, […]

Diersen Charities Memphis Programs Visited By Criminal Justice Group

Several members of the federal criminal justice system were present during a recent Bureau of Prisons (BOP) monitoring at the new Memphis Day Reporting Center (DRC). In addition to a question-and-answer session with Director Eric Powell, the entourage was given a tour, followed by a second tour of the Memphis Residential Re-entry Center (RRC) which […]

Owensboro Kentucky Commissioner Visits Dismas Charities

Jim Erwin, Interim Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Corrections, visited the Dismas program in early January for a tour and remarked to Director T.C. Cox (right) that he was impressed with its cleanliness and organization. Erwin visited both Owensboro buildings with Cox explaining the different populations and services provided. This was his first visit […]

Dismas Charities Atlanta Interns Tour Russell Federal Building

Atlanta staff and interns took a tour of the Richard B. Russell Federal Building that offered them the opportunity to learn more about governmental agencies, the federal court system, and the various aspects of the federal criminal justice system. Meetings were held with Chief Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker, who discussed court procedures and ruling […]

Dismas Charities Portland Volunteer Teaching Residents Skills

Volunteer Takeya Searles teaches crochet classes (inset) to the residents of the Portland program. Searles (far right) also begun teaching jewelry-making and gift-wrapping classes. Like Us On Facebook!

Dismas Charities Del Rio Monitor “Binds” Himself To Needy Children

Resident file binders are an item that receive a lot of handling in any center, reports Regional Vice President Joe Driver (left). When eventually discarded in Del Rio, Resident Monitor Don Merkle (right) re-purposes them to children in need at the Especial School in Acuna, Mexico. For several years, Merkle and his family have supported […]