Hire a Dismas Resident

By Hiring a Dismas Resident, an Employer:

  • Benefits from cost-effective tax breaks provided by the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
  • Becomes eligible for the Federal Bonding Program.
  • Contributes to a reduction in recidivism rates which, saves tax payers the cost of incarceration.
  • Increases the likelihood of self-sufficiency and positive re-entry.
  • Is getting an honest and hardworking employee who has the support of a professional staff, hundreds of community volunteers, and dozens of partner agencies.

For more information about our program, the men and women we serve, or to find out if one of our residents may be a good fit for your company, call:

Nashville Dismas House

(615) 297-4511


Work Opportunity Tax Credit

WOTC is a Federal tax credit available to employers who hire groups with barriers to employment.  There are no limits to the number of qualified individuals an employer can hire and the application process only requires a few simple steps.

Learn more about WOTC

Federal Bonding Program

The Federal Bonding Program provides Fidelity Bonds for the first six months of employment at no cost to the employer. In most states, bonds are made available for an "at-risk" job seeker through the agency responsible for workforce matters.

Learn More About the Federal Bonding Program

Employment and Re-entry

Finding employment goes beyond securing necessary income - it also better prepares the former offender to fulfill mainstream roles by providing structure, responsibility, and an opportunity to further build a positive support system.

Studies have shown those who report convictions are nearly 50% less likely to receive a callback or job offer than similarly qualified applicants who do not.  Often, months after their release, many former offenders must settle for employment that provides an income well below the Federal Poverty Level and rely on Social Services to survive.

Prospects for employment improve if the former offender is given an opportunity to meet personally with a potential employer. And, when employed, one's likelihood of returning to incarceration decreases significantly.