First founded in 1999, DBOM of North Carolina has taught Disciple Bible Study to more than 10,000 inmates in 80 state and federal correctional facilities.
DBOM of North Carolina joined with new affiliates being organized in other new states. Our Illinois affiliate was one of the first affiliates organized along with Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, and Arkansas. Founding Director Dr. Mark Hicks who also serves as the National President. In additional to these members, the president of each local affiliate serves on the National Board. www.disciplebibleoutreach.org.
In November 2016 Stateville Prison in Illinois sent out a request for suits, sport coats and dress shirts to several organizations DBOM was one of these. The need in the prisons was great to have the men well dressed when they went out on interviews. For the last three months, Bill Denwood of DBOM has taken 382 suits and shirts to Stateville. These came from Methodist, Lutheran and Presbyterian churches. On the way back from his last trip to Stateville he stopped into Steve Hirmer’s Dry Cleaners, Signature Cleaners, in Naperville. Steve gave him a half rack of shirts and suits. Together they thought of the idea of going statewide. In the ensuing two months, they called and met with the Executive Director of the ILL Professional Dry Cleaners, Sue Kratz
The two associations saw the huge need to get the parolees suits and shirts for the purpose of interviewing with prospective employers. Steve’s and his fellow dry cleaners will be collection points for donations from citizens and even go to donors with their vans to pick them up. It is truly a great community service.