Summer Hicks joined the Dismas Ministry team in June 2021. As a part-time Mission Associate, Summer manages all incoming requests for materials from prisoners, chaplains and prison ministry volunteers. She maintains the inmate database, and oversees the packaging and mailing of parcels on a weekly basis.
We invite you to learn more about Summer, and her position as a Mission Associate, from her point of view:
“My name is Summer Hicks, and I am new to the Dismas Ministry team. As Mission Associate, I work part-time managing the inmate and bulk mail service areas. I am a senior at Messmer High School in Milwaukee. I have been attending Messmer High School since my freshman year and have been involved in many extracurricular activities since then. I participated in community service my freshman year of high school. I would stay after school on some Tuesdays and Thursdays to visit St. Ben’s Community Meal Program, which is an organization that provides food to not just the homeless, but for people who are in need as well as people that just want to stop by, sit down and have a free meal. I also participated in band my freshman year, playing the clarinet. Sophomore year, I also decided to take on volleyball and have been perfecting my skills ever since. After high school, I plan to attend college going into Nursing, Criminal Justice, or Early Childhood Education.
Working for Dismas Ministry has taught me a lot. I have learned to balance my workload by doing certain tasks on different days of the week. For example, on Thursdays I prepare packages of the tests that inmates take as participants in our study courses. These get bundled and sent to local parishes for grading, then the volunteers share feedback and notes of encouragement that are sent back to the prisoners (along with their certificates of completion). This is in addition to my normal daily tasks, which include opening the mail from inmates, figuring out what they are asking for and/or need, entering the information into our database, and preparing their packages to be mailed. I have only been working for Dismas Ministry for a short time, but I can definitely say I am pleased to be a part of this amazing organization.”
Thanks to Summer for her hard work and devotion to Dismas Ministry and our brothers and sisters behind bars. There are several people – staff and volunteers – who work behind-the-scenes to keep the mission moving forward, and we are blessed to have Summer Hicks as part of our team!