Circle of Grace Reception

Father Jack Hickey founded Dismas House in 1974 with a vision to reconcile formerly incarcerated to society through the development of a supportive community.

Over 48 years later, that vision is still being upheld with the truth that second chances change lives.

Dismas House is proud to honor Father Jack Hickey with the annual Circle of Grace Reception to recognize those who generously support the mission of Dismas House with an annual gift of $1,000 or more.

2023 Reception: Thursday, November 9

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2022 Circle Of Grace Reception

The open house and reception celebrated the newest members of the Father Jack Hickey Circle of Grace. This society is reserved for those who give $1,000 or more in a fiscal year to the agency.

This year’s special honorees recognized for their generous giving efforts to support Dismas House were Lori Bell, senior interior designer of EOA Architects, who oversaw the vision of the campus’s interior; Steve Cook of LFM Capital and current Dismas House board chair; David Hart, CEO of TRICOR (Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction) and chair of the agency’s Program Committee; and Phil Ryan of VILLAGE Real Estate, who was instrumental in finding the current location and finding a buyer for the existing Music Row property.

Special remarks at our 2022 event were provided by Steve Cook, chair of the Dismas House board of directors, and Kay Kretsch, Dismas House CEO.