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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.

Welcome to Dismas House!


Dismas is Family. You feel welcome whenever you enter any of our homes. Since 1988, Dismas House has been welcoming former prisoners back to greater Worcester. In our homes, Dismas House, Dismas Family Farm, and the Father John Brooks House, and our other apartments, former prisoners are engaged in the hard work of rebuilding lives, and rekindling hope for themselves and their families. Families with kids, volunteer Board members, live-in international students, and church groups help create the family atmosphere […]

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 NECN.com

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 […]

St. John’s and Dismas partner to clean up University Park


St John’s students and residents of Dismas House and Almost Home got together to clean up University Park this spring. Dismas has held several cleanups of the park, and will work with community partners to continue keeping the park free of trash, and also working to help beautify this park asset in Main South Worcester. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Dismas to team up for an on-going weekly clean-up.