About Us

Board Officers

Paul Young
Chair
Paul began his career as a U.S. Senate Aide and has been a strategic advisor in numerous presidential and congressional campaigns. He is the founder of Novus Public Affairs, a NH based public relations company, and Hynes Communications, a leading national online communications company. He has been active in numerous non-profit organizations and ministries. Paul also serves as the Chairman of the Resource Development Executive Committee of Dismas Home of New Hampshire.​
Annika Stanley-Smith
Vice Chair
Anni Stanley-Smith is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Anni works as the Director of Substance Misuse Prevention for the Capital Area Public Health Network. She has been an employee of Granite United Way since 2011. She has experience in volunteer management, event planning, networking, public speaking and action planning. Anni received her Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) credential in May 2016. I live with my partner and our dog Copper in Goffstown. My hobbies include dancing in my living room, traveling, camping, and trying new foods!
Randy Foose
Treasurer
Jodi Hoyt
Director
Jodi has been on the Board of Directors since 2016, and has a long career in administration and management in a variety of organizations. She began her career working in administrative roles in the NH non-profit sector. This experience includes 12 years with the Community Alliance of Human Services, an entity comprised of several non-profits that provided a wide array of health and human services, where she rose to the position of Director of Administrative Services, then Deputy Director. The last half of her career has been in the for-profit financial services realm, where she has served in senior level HR positions. Jodi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human services administration, with a concentration in personal management, and has attained a SHRM-SCP, the highest professional certification in the Human Resources field. She continues to be actively involved in several groups and non-profits serving the NH and VT communities. Jodi was a selected member of Leadership NH's class of 2016, through which she became aware of and passionate about the many complex challenges facing NH’s “forgotten” women.
Julie McCarthy-Brown
Founder, Director Emerita
Ken Brown
Board Member
Chris Young
Colleen
Colleen Gordon-Brough
Colleen Gordon has years of experience working alongside executive teams in the non-profit sector. Colleen has a proven track record of senior-level executive support, management, event planning and training. She has a strong ability to streamline processes, maximize efficiency and foster professional relationships within organizations. Colleen’s philosophy centers around what role she can play in helping others find solutions. She is committed to excellence in service.
Mariette Young
Board Member

Staff

Cheryll Andrews
Executive Director

Cheryll has more than 25 years experience creating meaningful relationships and helping businesses grow. Many of those years were spent working as a corporate media marketing consultant, and in the non-profit sector in development, managing committees and raising funds for important missions such as women’s heart health. Today, Cheryll has focused her experience and skills to bring the future vision of Dismas Home to life. Some personal details to share are: Cheryll is on the board of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, with whom she has been a singer for 18 years. She lives in New Durham with her husband.

Sara Lutat
Clinical Director
LISW/MSW/MLADC

Ms. Lutat holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (K-8) with a certification in Special Education from Notre Dame College. After working for 25 years in the special education field of alternative education, she enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the University of New Hampshire and graduated in May of 2016 with her Master of Social Work (MSW). Through her life and vocational experience and internships as a graduate MSW student, she has gained extensive experience with life transitions and
working with previously incarcerated women suffering with substance abuse disorder and co-occurring
mental illnesses. Sara acquired her Master Level Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC) license in the Spring of 2018, and recently attained her Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) license. As Executive/Clinical Director Sara developed, licensed, and facilitated the Dismas Home four-phase, low intensity, residential, up to 90-day, Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation/Transitional Living Program. Sara’s passionate, daily mission, as Clinical Director, is to empower residents to become resilient problem
solvers, who are willing to trust themselves enough to be vulnerable and believe they can transform their lives with the goal of sustaining their recovery and moving toward a successful re-entry back into the New Hampshire communities.

Employment

Job title

Program Assistant (Part-time)

Company

Dismas Home of NH

Location

Manchester, NH 03102

Street address

102 4th Street, Manchester, NH, USA

Salary and Benefits

$15.00 per hour

Benefits: Paid time off
Additional pay: Signing bonus

Job type

Part-time 

Job description

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 shift:

  • 30 hours of employment (15 hour shifts) Sunday and Wednesday nights, 5:00 p.m. Sunday until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, and 5:00 p.m. on Monday until 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.
  • Duties are light and program assistants are allowed to sleep during shift in a comfortable, private bedroom. Flexibility regarding availability is desired for this position.
  • The salary is $15.00 per hour, with 20 hours of paid vacation and 2 paid sick days (annually).
  • A sign on bonus of $500 will be paid in increments of: 30% after 3 months of employment, 30% after 6 months of employment, and 40% after nine months of employment.

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Please submit a resume to Sara Lutat, Clinical Director sara.lutat@dismashomenh.org 

“I cannot tell you how much having the opportunity to go back to school to fulfill my dreams means to me. I have had a passion for animals and animal care since I was very young. I never thought I would have the opportunity to be able to fulfill those dreams. I am truly grateful for the simple fact that a complete stranger believes in me enough to financially help me follow my dreams. This single gesture has given me faith and confidence in myself, and a belief that I won’t fail. I’ve spent my entire life thinking I wasn’t good enough to live a sober, happy, and fulfilling life. Today, I know in my heart that I am finally on my way to where I’m supposed to be.”

Kathy
Former Resident

What We Do
Providing Re-entry into the community

What We Do:
Providing Re-Entry into the Community

Recovery

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 are connected to services -Physical, mental health, wellness, and prescriptions are managed and attended -Goals are being accomplished and evaluated in identified life domains (such as career, family, self-esteem, etc.)
  • Case management is taking place on a weekly basis and as needed
  • Resident makes progress and adheres to policies and expectations as a member of Dismas Home of New Hampshire community
  • Sobriety and recovery are sustained
  • Resident develops healthy relationships with themselves, families, and others

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:

  • Living With an Addicted Brain
  • Biological Factors of Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders
  • Understanding the Nature of Addiction
  • Understanding Habits, Routines and Boredom Related to Addiction
  • Co-dependency
  • Seeking Safety
  • A mindful focused psychoeducational curriculum to help achieve safety from trauma/PTSD and Substance Use Disorder
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Relapse Prevention includes coping skills to manage triggers and cravings.

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.

Supportive, Nurturing Environment

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:

  • Mindful-based Stress Reduction
  • Women’s Spirituality/Women’s Issues
  • Healthy Boundaries Lead to Healthy Relationships with Self, Family, and Others
  • Resiliency Training
  • Conflict Resolution Relapse Prevention Re-organizing for Recovery and Sobriety
  • Recovery Support Group
  • Self-Compassion/Self-Care
  • Overcoming the Barriers that Lead to Addiction
  • Effective Communication
  • Problem Solving to Overcome Barriers
  • Living Independently Alumni Group
  • Individual Psychotherapy provided by a clinically, trauma-informed therapist
  • Reframing using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Mindful Behavior Therapy (CMBT)
  • Education/coping strategies for managing diverse psychiatric issues/medications
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Wrap-around services provided for 6 months after leaving Dismas Home of New Hampshire in embarking on independent living upon completion
  • Trauma-informed psycho-therapy
  • Trauma-informed equine-assisted therapy (Spring through late Fall)
  • In-the-moment counseling by professional staff
  • Intensive Case management with skilled, professional staff
  • Long and short term goal setting
  • Connecting with physical and mental health care providers
  • Connecting to/applying for community support
  • Connecting to community resources
  • Managing legal concerns
  • Financial Literacy
  • Life Skill Improvement
  • Transition and Reentry plans
  • Employment Assistance
  • Resume Writing
  • Job search application and interview process -Career Exploration and job coaching
  • Development of soft job skills to maintain and sustain employment and economic stability
  • Family reunification/family counseling
  • Individualized treatment and transitional planning
  • Medication supervision
  • 24/7 monitored, supportive, nurturing, and family-like, environment
  • Relational and community-based strategies to support a community of women
  • Step-down phase programming consisting of 4 phases, Transition, Stabilization, Independence, and Re-entry to support a continuum of healing of the physical body, mind, and spirit

Transitional Living

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:

  • Receive on-going and continuing substance use disorder support for relapse prevention and sustaining recovery and sobriety
  • On-going clinical and case management support services
  • Accomplish established short and long term goals
  • Continue to develop healthy relationships with themselves, families, and others
  • Maintain a financial budget and meet their financial responsibilities
  • Sustain and maintain employment
  • Take care of their physical and mental health needs
  • Complete a transition plan to reenter the community
  • Receive assistance to search for safe, affordable and stable housing
  • Volunteer on a regular basis in the local community
  • Once these accomplishments have been achieved, residents are ready to transition and re-enter the community 

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:

  • Continuing to set and accomplish short/long term goals
  • Actively engaging in transition back to the community, having secured safe, affordable and stable housing
  • Sustaining sobriety and recovery
  • Reunification with family and children
  • Connecting to integrated health services to manage physical, mental health, and recovery
  • Maintaining and sustaining employment to improve economic situation
  • Recognizing the red flags for unhealthy, toxic relationships
  • Continuing to actively participate in trauma-informed therapy outside of DHNH
  • Participating in local Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault groups
  • Actively participating in a self-help group
  • Attaining a greater sense of self-confidence, value and self-worth DHNH residents are encouraged to return to DHNH once a month to participate in an alumni group that provides them a support network and inspires current residents by offering them positive role models.

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