Dismas is Working - Hear the Stories

Dismas is working. As a model, Dismas House works — a way for former offenders to rebuild their lives. We’ve gathered here a representative sample of stories of some of the people whose lives have been changed through their involvement with Dismas House.


Phil: Overcoming PTSD

After he returned from combat duty in Vietnam, Phil suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. He wound up serving nine years in prison. Then, he was fortunate enough to wind up at Dismas House.

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Ray Barnes: Giving Back

When Ray Barnes was 14, he had his first drink and smoked his first joint. From that point, drugs and alcohol controlled most of his life.  “I have been a drug addict and alcoholic most of my adult life,” he says, “and also a criminal.”

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Lennie Minter: Remembering Where He’s Been

Like many of the people who have re-entered society by way of Dismas House, Lennie Minter reached a point in life where he surrounded himself with the wrong people, in the wrong places, at the wrong times.

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Regina Perkins: Attitude Changed

After 28 months in prison, Regina Perkins lived at Dismas House for seven months. “It totally changed my attitude,” she says. She credits her time at the House with helping her learn the importance of getting along with persons from all races and levels of society.

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Joseph Armstrong: Finding Family

Joseph Armstrong served five years in prison. Then he spent six life-changing months at Dismas House South Bend. He went on to serve on the St. Joseph County Community Advisory Board, and he was an AmeriCorps volunteer for a year at Dismas House. He returned to school to pursue a degree in business.

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