Welcome to our New Campus


Dismas House of Nashville is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1974 by Father Jack Hickey with help from the Vanderbilt Prison Project and local inmates to provide a safe place for former offenders to find the supportive services needed to re-enter society successfully. Today we are a 72-bed facility which includes 16 transitional housing units for residents needing more time on campus to work on their transition plan. Using our proven Programming Pillars, we have the capacity to serve over 150 residents per year.  As a Tennessee reentry program provider, it is our vision that residents remain free and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.

Current Programming Model

  • 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.

Current Program Partners

  • Fifth Third Bank – Financial Empowerment
  • Mary Beth Harding - Yoga
  • Vanderbilt Prison Project – Tech Class
  • Wildman Smoothies, Verlentez “Tez”  Williams, – Nutrition and Healthy Cooking
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Chelsea Nicholson Law – Attorney helping with License Reinstatement
  • Centerstone Tennessee
  • Project Return
  • Blakely Dunn – LeanFit
  • Nashville Recovery Center
  • The Bridge
  • Employment Partners
    • American Paper & Twine
    • Nom Nom Now
    • Turnip Truck
  • Hi-SET GED programs
    • YMCA
    • Nashville Community Resource Center
  • Shade Tree Clinic
  • Mercury Court Clinic
  • Dr. Drake Dudley/Smiles Up Dentistry
  • Interfaith Dental
  • America’s Best Contacts & Eye Glasses