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Why Support Dismas?

Our Mission

The mission of Dismas House is to improve lives and strengthen communities by providing the formerly incarcerated with holistic reentry programming that breaks the cycle of incarceration.

Our Vision

The vision of Dismas House is to set the national standard for reentry success.

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Why Give to Dismas?

At least 95% of the 30,000 of those currently incarcerated in Tennessee will eventually be released. Without programs like Dismas, returning citizens are often forced to return to a detrimental environment and the negative influences that contributed to their incarceration.

On average, nearly half of those released in Tennessee will return to incarceration within three years—while 80% of Dismas graduates remain free. While at Dismas, returning citizens are given an opportunity to fulfill their potential as positive members of our great community.

For more information, contact:
LoLita Toney, Vice President of Development
ltoney@dismas.org

Pillars of Programming: Our Impact

Basic Needs

  • 8,279 bed-nights for formerly incarcerated who might otherwise be homeless
  • 100% of formerly incarcerated received welcome package of basic needs
  • 104 bus passes given to aid in transportation

Health & Well-Being

  • 341 individual mental health counseling sessions
  • 100% of formerly incarcerated received complete medical examinations
  • 100% received a consultation to enroll in private health insurance

Legal Support

  • 1-on-1 sessions to work toward obtaining photo ID, driver’s license reinstatement and other tangible goals
  • 100% employment rate for those who have graduated from the Dismas program
  • 44 financial-empowerment classes

Life Skills

  • 70% of residents who left moved into independent housing
  • 51 tech classes
  • 597 case management sessions