I Was Born And Raised In Annapolis, Md At The Naval Academy Where My Father Was A Professor. I Have A Ba Degree In Interior Design With Graduate Certification In Geriatric Interior Design. My Speciality Is Dementia. I Was President And Head Designer For My Design Company For 40 Years. I Was Married To Jack Mccarthy For 30 Years, Having 5 Children Between Us 9 (1deceased), 10 Grandchildren. Together We Ran The Mccarthy Associate Group For 28 Years. I Presided As President And Cfo.
Together We Were Co-Founders Of Dismas Home Of Nh (Dhnh) In 2014. We Were Both Passionate About Reducing The Rate Of Recidivism And Helping The Incarcerated Population. Both Of Us Having Worked Behind The Walls Of The State Prison For Over 10 Years As Volunteers, Realizing How People Have Been Marginalized With Very Little Resources For Help.
We Started Dismas Home Nh With $2000 And Gathered A Group Of Like-Minded Individuals. We All Realized It Was A Giant Leap Of Faith Into The Unknown But With Our Strength In God And Lots Of Prayers We Also Knew We Could Make It Happen. We Have Been Blessed With Incredible Talent, Hard Work, And Spirit From Our All-Volunteer Board.
We Realized We Had A Dream And We Knew We Could Make It Work. Never Thinking We Would Be Working 60-70 Hours A Week Again! Even I Became Cfo For 2 Years. It Was A Huge Hurdle!
Jack Was With Us Long Enough To See The Doors Open. With Jack’s Passing The Board Members Of Dhnh All Stepped Forward To Keep Us Moving. We Could Already See The Success Of The Women Transitioning Through The Home. What A Blessisng!!!
Our Future Plans Include A 2nd Home To Help Our Women In Furthering Their Successful Transition Into The Community As Loving, Caring, And Wanting To Give Back To Their Community To Help Others. Our Dreams Also Include The Expansion Of Our Services Within The Community.
Born and raised in Teaneck, NJ. and graduated from Bucknell University with a BS Degree in Commerce and Finance. I have worked for Addressograph-Multigraph in various sales and management positions.
Chris has served on the Board of Directors since 2018 after being initially recruited by the home’s founder Jack McCarthy. He has over 15 years experience in encouraging the incarcerated thru volunteering with Kairos Prison Ministry. He has also been the “boots on the ground” for the Newport Community Trust. In that role, he has distributed over $250,000 to those in the community needing help with rent, heat, car repair, and prescriptions to name a few of the ways that the Trust helps people. He is the proud grandfather of a 2-year-old. Chris is retired after a career in the food service equipment field. He currently helps out as needed at a family restaurant – The Old Courthouse in Newport.
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The Dismas Home Strategic Plan
Program Assistant (Part-time)
Dismas Home of New Hampshire
Manchester, NH 03102
102 4th Street, Manchester, NH, USA
Salary and Benefits
$15.00 per hour
Benefits: Paid time off. 20 hours of vacation and 2 paid sick days. (Annually)
A Program Assistant is a key part of the Dismas Home of NH team, and focuses directly on the needs of residents, previously incarcerated women, transitioning/re-entering back into the community from incarceration who are being treated for substance use disorder and/or mental illness, working across boundaries of care, organization, and role. They will provide support, give time to the resident and thus promote their recovery and successful transition/re-entry back to the community.
This is a perfect opportunity for a mature, undergraduate, graduate student, or stay at home mom who may be looking to supplement their income with the following shifts:
Skills and Abilities:
*Ability to complete documentation/shift notes, and tasks related to the guidelines of Dismas Home policies
*Ability to assist and support residents with short and long term goals related to recovery, sobriety and personal life goals
*Ability to work collaboratively with other Dismas Home team members/staff
*Provide leadership and foster community growth among staff and residents
*Ability to consistently exercise sound judgement in a crisis situation
*Strong communication skills
*Strong interpersonal skills
*A minimum of an Associates Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Human Services or related counseling field, or Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW) preferred. If the minimum qualifications are not met, hiring will be dependent upon skills and experience with working in a supervised residential care.
*Current New Hampshire Driver’s License
*Promote independent living and successful re-entry, transition back to community
*Provide support with daily living tasks helping to facilitate residents living ordinary lives
*Provide assistance with mental health and physical concerns – as well as promote healthy behaviors
*Help to identify early signs of relapse and support treatment and recovery of residents
*Supervise self-administration of medications and complete documentation accurately and timely (will train on supervision of self-administration protocols after hire)
*Complete personal property checks/room checks
*Assist with enforcing COVID-19 policies
*Assist with program supervision and management, reporting to Program Coordinator
*Assist with volunteer activities and supervision of non-staff on the premises of Dismas Home
*Follow personnel policies of Dismas Home of NH
*Attend quarterly staff meeting
Job Type: Part-time Hours available as follows:
Night shifts: (Hires must be willing to be available at all hours of the night if needed, but generally may sleep from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., with two nightly bed checks within the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.)
Please submit a resume to Sara Lutat, Clinical Director email@example.com
Our home offers residential, rehabilitation services and is conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood on the West Side of Manchester, New Hampshire. Our location is ½ mile from downtown Manchester, close to employment opportunities, community services, and self-help, recovery support groups.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) acknowledges that Substance Use Disorder is directly linked to trauma and underlying every addiction is pain, collateral damage from a lifetime of complex traumas. It takes time to recover, and recovery requires clinical therapy and individual case support in a safe and loving environment.
To meet the needs of our residents, Dismas Home of New Hampshire is a state licensed, 90-Day, Low Intensity, Residential Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation and Reentry Program. Our two-phase 90-Day program meets and exceeds the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria of 3.1.
Our home offers Clinically Managed Low Intensity residential, rehabilitation services and is conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood on the West Side of Manchester. Our location is ½ mile from downtown Manchester, close to employment opportunities, community services, and self-help, recovery support groups.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) acknowledges that Substance Use Disorder is directly linked to trauma and underlying every addiction is pain, collateral damage from a lifetime of complex traumas. It takes time to recover, and recovery requires a step-down, phase, structured programming to encourage and support successful recovery and transition/reentry. Dismas Home of New Hampshire partners with our residents to rebuild, transform, reorganize and adjust their lives around recovery and sobriety so they may discover the joy of truly living a healthy and empowered life.
This phase is described as an acclimation period that allows the resident to adjust to the program demands and expectations. Clients joining the program are in what is termed “survival” mode. This means they have to adjust psychologically and emotionally to the Dismas Home of New Hampshire program after being in the justice system environment. Personal well being, including health and safety is the top priority. Dismas Home of New Hampshire is a secure, clean Environment.
Once the initial transition to a new environment is complete, our residents enter a period of stabilization to move them one step closer to successful reentry into the community. Milestones of the stabilization period include:
Residents connect to the community outside of Dismas Home of New Hampshire (DHNH) in healthy and supportive ways DHNH operates on the premise that addiction is a disease. We underpin our support for our residents by educating them as to their co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders so they no longer feel “defined” by their disease. This new freedom allows our residents to be empowered to reorganize their lives around recovery and sobriety and make the healthy, informed choices about their lives. This education process includes learning about:
Upon completion of this education and stabilization, residents continue to receive the support they need for successful re-entry back into the community as self-sufficient and productive citizens.
Dismas Home offers a supportive, non-discriminatory, nurturing, family-like environment in which residents are treated with the utmost dignity and respect. The program’s holistic approach to services reflects the Dismas Home mission to do whatever is necessary to help residents heal and transform their lives, beginning a life-long journey of recovery and sobriety as a contributing member of society. Comprehensive support services are available to residents during their entire stay.
Dismas Home of New Hampshire offers a supportive, non-discriminatory, nurturing, family-like environment in which residents are treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Our holistic approach to services reflects our mission to do whatever is necessary to help our residents transform their lives, heal and begin a life-long journey of recovery and sobriety as a contributing member of society. Comprehensive support services are available to our residents during all four phases of the Dismas Home of New Hampshire Program: Transition; Stabilization; Independence; and Reentry.
Residents of Dismas Home of New Hampshire participate in daily group therapies and receive individual psychotherapy, case management, and 24/7 support offered by a professional, compassionate staff utilizing evidence-based practices. Residents interact and support other women residents who have experienced trauma, incarceration, and mental illness in a structured, supportive environment. Dismas Home of New Hampshire partners with our residents on their transformational journey of change, helping them to evolve toward a healthier, more productive life lived in sustained recovery and sobriety absent of criminal involvement and addiction.
Diverse and supported psychoeducational group therapy by professional staff experienced in substance use disorder treatment with topics related to but not limited to:
Residents are actively involved in planning and initiating transition back to the community at large.
The transitional program is designed to support residents through education, training, therapy, and recovery services. In addition, The Dismas Home program staff assist residents in the search for housing, employment and offer the opportunity to learn life skills in preparation for their reentry into the community.
Once a resident has made the transition back into the community, Dismas Home offers wrap-around services to continue the support needed to re-establish strong positive connections that will empower long-term success.
Residents are actively involved in planning and initiating transition from Dismas Home of New Hampshire back to the community of their choice. During this phase residents are progressing toward entering the Dismas Home of New Hampshire Transitional Living Program, and progressing toward becoming independent, self-determined, and productive women.
The mission of Dismas Home of New Hampshire is to assist our residents to complete the program with a successful transition back to New Hampshire communities. Through education, training, therapy, and recovery services, Dismas Home of New Hampshire prepares our residents to be able to deal with all aspects of life upon reentry into the community. We assist and prepare our residents to become fully invested in transforming their lives and reentering the community as productive, physically and mentally healthier people, thus breaking the ‘revolving door’ cycle of returning to prison.
During the Independence phase, Dismas Home of New Hampshire (DHNH) residents meet these milestones and accomplishments:
Once a resident has completed all of Program Phases 1- 3, they are ready to leave the home and renter the community. DHNH’s Transitional Living Program offers monitoring, assistance, and evaluation of our residents as they enter into their new lives. Wrap around services are available to them to assist with problem solving and recovery services. DHNH continues to evaluate based on the following criteria: