Life Skills: Christopher’s Story

We are pleased to introduce Chris, a former resident who was positively impacted by our Life Skills courses.

A native of New Orleans, Chris was displaced by Hurricane Katrina as a young adult. Following difficult circumstances, a series of regrettable choices ultimately led to his incarceration. Upon release, Chris dedicated himself to reimagining his future.

When he arrived at Dismas House, Chris worked with his dedicated case manager to establish his career objectives. He participated in weekly workforce development classes and received the support needed to obtain his barber license. This short-term win provided the momentum to begin working toward his long-term goals and opportunities to help others with similar backgrounds.

Today, Chris thrives in his career as a barber and regularly provides haircutting services at the juvenile detention center and Dismas House. With a deep sense of gratitude for the support he received, he finds fulfillment in giving back to the community.

“I love that I can make this much of an impact at just a year out of prison. Dismas House helped make that happen – it’s a huge part of my life. They changed the game as far as reentry programs.” 

As you plan your year-end charitable contributions, please consider making an impact in the lives of more men like Chris – fathers, sons, brothers, and neighbors who deserve a fair chance in our communities. No gift is too small, and every amount contributes to breaking the cycle of incarceration.

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