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 to provide a safe place for formerly incarcerated men to find the supportive services needed to re-enter society successfully. In April 2020 Dismas House expanded from an 8-bed house to a 72-bed campus. Our new campus includes 16 transitional housing units for residents needing affordable housing with the benefit of staying in the Dismas community with ongoing support services. Since expanding, Dismas House, is now one of the largest reentry programs of its type in Tennessee and has the capacity to serve over 175 residents per year. As a Tennessee reentry program provider, it is our vision to become a national model for reentry success by ensuring our residents become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
Current Programming Model
The Dismas House of Nashville program is based around four pillars:
- Basic Needs
We provide shelter, food, clothing, and transportation for residents.
- Health & Well-being
Our residents receive physical, dental, and vision exams and benefit from weekly trauma-informed individual and group therapy, as well as addiction support through daily 12-step meetings. Wellness classes like yoga, CrossFit, and daily meditation are provided to practice mindfulness and improve physical and mental well-being. Skill-based groups, like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) help residents practice emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, and distress tolerance skills.
- Life Skills
Case managers work with residents on short and long-term goals, transition plans, gaining employment and achieving academic goals such as HiSET and college degree completion or vocational certification. Job readiness training is provided through our partnership with Project Return. Weekly finance and technology classes help residents gain financial literacy and become prepared to join the 21st century workforce.
- Legal Support
Through our partnership with the Legal Aid Society, we help residents with a number of matters including expungements, restoration of voting rights, reducing court fines and fees, and resolving child support and custody issues. In addition, we have an attorney who works with every resident on driver’s license restoration.
Current Program Partners
- Fifth Third Bank – Financial education and banking services
- Mary Beth Harding – Yoga classes
- Vanderbilt Prison Project – Tech Class
- Legal Aid Society – Expungements, voter restoration, child support
- Chelsea Nicholson Law – Attorney helping with Driver's license reinstatement
- Centerstone Tennessee – Individual & group counseling, psychiatric services with medication management
- Tennessee Higher Education Initiative (THEI) – College degree completion
- Project Return – Job readiness training program
- Nashville Recovery Center – 12-step meetings
- The Bridge – Resident community services
- Second Harvest – Resident community service
- American Paper & Twine – Employment partner
- YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee – HiSET (high school equivalency test) program
- Nashville Community Resource Center
- Shade Tree Clinic/Vanderbilt University Medical School – Healthcare
- Mercury Court Clinic/Vanderbilt School of Nursing – Healthcare and physicals
- Dr. Drake Dudley/Smiles Up Dentistry – Emergency dental care
- Interfaith Dental – Dental care
- America's Best Contacts & Eye Glasses – Vision care
- Nashville Personal Training Company – Crossfit
- Belmont University – Music therapy
- Vanderbilt Medical Students – Health seminars