Author Archives: Dismas House

Farmers’ Market Readies to Open Next Month

In just a few weeks, Westborough will host a lively Farmers’ Market each week on the front lawn of the Evangelical Congregational Church at the intersection of Route 30 and Church Street. Click HERE to see the full article on The Westborough Patch.

Former prisoners make products at Oakham farm

(NECN: Kenneth Craig, Oakham, Mass.) – There’s a central Massachusetts online shopping site that is offering more than great gifts. It’s giving the people who make the gifts a fresh start. Click HERE to see the full article and video on

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 […]

Dismas Family Farm partners with Armsby Abbey

“It takes time and effort, Sadowski said, “but now people are coming to us.” When overlook Farm in Rutland had an extra 40 pounds of carrots and garlic, Lopez was happy to oblige. Last year the Abbey started getting tomatoes and greens from the Dismas house Farm in Oakham, a 35-acre farm where former prisoners get a fresh start by growing fresh vegetables.” Click HERE to see the full article on edible Boston.

Dismas House and the College of the Holy Cross partnership

“Holy Cross’ long history with Dismas House, a model community program for former prison inmates, has reached another milestone. With this new chapter, the engaged learning and social justice opportunities that are a hallmark of Holy Cross have been enhanced.” Click HERE to see the full article at the College of the Holy Cross.

Two Minutes With… Ward Holloway

“The Dismas House is rapidly gaining attention for its innovative methods of reintegrating former prisoners into society. By providing housing and support services, Dismas House staff are part of a healthy alternative to restructuring one’s life in the streets with few resources. The Dismas Family Farm, on 25 acres in Oakham, is among the organization’s highly successful programs. Ward Holloway is its Farm Steward.” Click HERE to read the interview of our Farm Steward on the Worcester Magazine.

Former prisoners learn new skills on Mass. farm

(NECN: Kenneth Craig, Oakham, Mass.) – Learning new skills, producing crops, raising animals. That’s what former prisoners and are doing at a working family farm in Oakham, Massachusetts. Click HERE to view the video on

Dismas House wows Russians

WORCESTER – When a group of Russian judges, lawyers and legislators was asked what impressed them so far on their law and justice tour with the International Center of Worcester, they were quick in their response: New York City and Dismas House. Click HERE to read the full article.

Dismas House, a model prisoner re-entry program

Dismas House of Massachusetts is being held up as a model prisoner re-entry program for communities nationwide to imitate. Dismas was recognized as a model by the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation in Washington, D.C. The foundation had LaFrance Associates research team in San Francisco study Dismas and six other programs, according to Jennie Amison. Mrs. Amison is director of the foundation’s Replications for Previously Incarcerated Persons program. She is also the executive director of its Gemeinschaft Home in Harrisonburg, Va., […]

Dismas partners to create homeless housing

WORCESTER — A local foundation yesterday pledged more than $1 million in immediate funding — and as much as $3 million over the next several years — toward the goal of not just stemming the tide of chronic adult homelessness, but eradicating it altogether in the city. The ambitious initiative, announced by the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, is to begin immediately and will initially target 125 people, an estimated 20 percent of Worcester’s chronic homeless population. “Chronically homeless people […]