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, […]

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 […]

Ivy Tech students tour Portland

On April 8, students from Ivy Tech’s Community Based Corrections class toured the Portland facility. Instructor Leonard Gardneour (front right) is a retired Probation and Parole Officer and is familiar with Dismas Charities.  

Diersen Charities-Memphis staff attend USPO Conference

On April 3, the Chief and Deputy Chiefs of the Western District U.S. Probation Office hosted a tour of their offices for Memphis Director James Williams and all key staff members. Memphis staff attended a probation revocation hearing and a Drug Court hearing. Chief Probation Officer Alice Conley (at left standing) also hosted a round […]

Captain Buchinski Splits Time Between Military Career And Dismas Charities El Paso Internship

Captain Terri Buchinski is currently Commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 410th Civil Affairs Battalion for the United States Army.  And since last year, she has been an MSW intern at the El Paso facility. Buchinski has served with the 511th Military Police Company and as a Platoon Leader during Operation Enduring […]

Dismas Charities El Paso Intern Program – 14 years strong

The El Paso internship program currently includes students from the University of Texas at El Paso social work program, both BSW and MSW, Webster’s University masters in counseling students, and the University of Southern California master social work program. The students conduct psychosocial assessments, group sessions to include the Transition Skills groups and individual case […]