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.

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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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