Why Support Dismas
Mission & Vision
Dismas, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit transitional housing program that serves individuals recently released from incarceration. Our ultimate goal is for those we serve to remain free from incarceration by becoming self-sufficient, contributing members of society. It is our family-oriented, holistic approach that makes the Dismas model unique. From the moment a new resident walks through the door until the day they leave, Dismas is "home" to our residents - they are "family" forever.
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.