Circle of Grace Reception

Father Jack Hickey, a Vanderbilt University chaplain, founded Dismas House in 1974 with a vision to reconcile formerly-incarcerated individuals to society alongside a supportive community.

50 years later, his 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, recognizing those who generously support the mission of Dismas House with an annual gift of $1,000 or more.

2023 Circle Of Grace Reception

The 2023 Circle of Grace reception, an intimate gathering and open house, was held on November 9, at Dismas House. Special remarks were provided by Steve Cook, chair of the Dismas House Board of Directors, and Kay Kretsch, CEO. Guests heard a powerful testimony from a current resident, along with remarks from other residents in a special video compilation.