Why Support Dismas

Mission & Vision

The mission of Dismas House is to foster community awareness and understanding of the challenges and obstacles formerly incarcerated men face upon reentry by providing a system for personal transformation and growth as they transition back into society.

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Why Give To Dismas?

At least 95% of the 30,000 current inmates in Tennessee will eventually be released.  Without programs like Dismas, former offenders are often forced to return to a detrimental environment and the negative influences that contributed to their incarceration.  On average, nearly one-half of those released in Tennessee will return to incarceration within three years – whereas, 80% of Dismas graduates remain free.  While at Dismas, former offenders are given an opportunity to fulfill their potential as positive members our great community.

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Impact

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This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

BASIC NEEDS

By providing shelter, food, and clothing within the first 72 hours following release, Dismas is able to greatly increase the likelihood our residents remain free forever.

HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Through relationships with local partners, Dismas provides comprehensive support for mental health, substance use disorder, and physical well-being.

LIFE SKILLS

In addition to interpersonal household management, residents are given the opportunity to exercise healthy social skills and interactions through family-style dinners and community outings.

LEGAL SUPPORT

Weekly one-on-one sessions are time set aside to work on attaining tangible goals such as identification needed for employment, driver’s license, government services,employment, and permanent housing.