Archives for August 2018

Happy Labor Day!!

On this Labor Day, Dismas Charities wants to personally recognize the sacrifices and professional work ethic of its more than 800 employees across the nation. The holiday, celebrated on the first Monday in September, was created in the 19th century as trade union and labor movements grew. It was originally intended that the day be […]

Dismas Charities Orlando Receives Salvation Army Award

For the second consecutive year the Salvation Army has honored the Orlando program with the “Most Available Volunteer Group” award. A plaque was presented during the Army’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony. “There is never a time where the organization has needed emergency volunteer assistance that Dismas Charities Orlando was not available,” said Salvation Army Volunteer […]

Dismas Charities Augusta Garden Grows!

Resident Bill Cheney checks the progress of the squash in one of the two garden plots he cares for at the Augusta facility. When Cheney firs saw the two empty beds, he immediately asked if he could maintain them. Since then, reports Director Cheryl Frazier, Cheney has planted squash, peppers, zucchini, two types of tomatoes […]

Dismas Charities West Virginia Directors Attend “High in Plain Sight” Training

Charleston Director Jim Sands and Clarksburg Director Emily Gillispie attended “High in Plain Sight” training, designed to show how drug paraphernalia, drug products, and drug trends are “hiding” and can be hidden where one would not normally see them, i.e. pockets in hats, hoodies and shirts, and photos and logos on shirts that look normal […]

Dismas Charities Corpus Christi Holds Annual Job And Resource Fair

Corpus Christi staff, with assistance from U.S. Probation, State Parole, Goodwill Industries, and the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, held their annual job and resource fair for offenders and the general public at Victorian Hall. Del Mar College Transportation Training Services provided a simulation trailer as a means to train those interested in […]

Dismas Charities Inc. 25 Years Ago

In 1993, Dismas operated 12 residential re-entry centers (RRCs) and three other Louisville-based initiatives – the Alcohol Treatment Program (ATP), the Portland Child Development Center (PCDC), and Robertson House, a facility to serve persons with HIV/AIDS. The re-entry centers included Atlanta North, Atlanta West, Dania Beach, Diersen, Lexington, Louisville, Macon, Owensboro, Portland, Savannah, and St. […]

Dismas Charities Staff Participate In Beaumont Texas Job Fair

Recently Dismas Charities staff participated in a mock job and information fair at the FCI Low Security Institution in Beaumont, Texas, the largest Federal Correctional Complex in the state. Staff provided information on employment, resume writing and social services and participated in actual mock interviews with inmates. The event served over 200 inmates preparing for […]

Dismas Charities Louisville Staff Participate In Re-Entry Simulation Held For Probation & Parole

The Greater Louisville Re-entry Coalition and Kentucky Probation and Parole held a re-entry simulation to give parole officers a better understanding of the struggles parolees experience and the limited resources available to them upon release. All 30 of the participants received instructions listing weekly tasks they must complete. Tables were set up around the St. […]

Diersen Charities Las Cruces Holds Family Centered Cookout

In early June, Las Cruces staffer Melissa Patiño organized a day centered around family. Residents were encouraged to invite family and friends to participate in a special lunch prepared by staff. The more than 90 attendees were served grilled steaks. “Residents families play a huge role in their success once they release from our program […]

Dismas Charities Laredo Holds Mini Health Clinics For Residents

In late June, the Dismas Charities Laredo Texas Visitation Room was converted into six mini-clinics where residents were provided free primary care assessments that included blood pressure checks, glucose testing, body mass index, physicals, mental health assessments, and referrals to a private physician, or private and public clinics. The event was held by a traveling […]