Dismas House gets grant for prisoner re-entry

WORCESTER — The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts has awarded a $138,413 planning grant to Dismas House of Massachusetts to address problems surrounding prisoner re-entry in Worcester.

The grant will enable Dismas House and its partners to research what has been successful elsewhere and make adaptations to create a new model for prisoner re-entry, according Jan Yost, president and CEO of the foundation.

“The initiative will begin with a review of evidence-based models that have been implemented elsewhere and will include an analysis of existing resources and gaps in current services. This information will be used to develop a model to pilot in 2012.

“If the pilot is successful, full implementation will follow over the next two to three years,” she said.

Dismas House’s partners in the project include Community Christian Church, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Henry Lee Willis Community Center, Jeremiah’s Inn, Massachusetts Department of Correction, Mosaic Worcester, Spectrum Healthcare, United Congregational Church of Christ, Workforce Central Career Center/City of Worcester, Worcester Community Housing Resources, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and YMCA — Central Branch.