Dismas House of Nashville is a nonprofit organization that provides transitional services and skills for carefully screened, motivated formerly incarcerated people paroled from Tennessee prisons. Dismas House of Nashville has two core programs – the main Reentry Program and a Transitional Housing Program. Their building has 56 reentry program beds and 16 transitional housing units. Dismas House of Nashville is an approved Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) residential reentry program in Nashville that serves men returning to the community directly from all state correctional facilities for men and county jails throughout Tennessee. They also provide services that are the “Four Pillars of Programming,” – basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and transportation for residents, health and well-being includes mental health program includes on-site individual, family and group therapy on a weekly basis.
They also provide their residents with free healthcare that includes physical, dental, and eye exams, and benefit from weekly wellness classes like yoga, CrossFit, and daily meditation to improve physical and mental well-being. Skill-based groups, like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), help residents practice emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, and distress tolerance skills. Under Life Skills – Case managers work with residents on short- and long-term goals, transition plans, gaining employment, and achieving academic goals such as HiSET and earning/completing a college degree or vocational certificate. Job readiness training and weekly finance and technology classes help residents gain financial footing and be better prepared to join the 21st-century workforce. As part of their legal support initiative residents regularly meet with Legal Aid Society and specialized attorneys that provide individualized support that includes, in part, expungements, driver’s license reinstatement, restoration of voting rights, reduction and payment of fines and fees, and resolving child support issues.