Nonprofit Partner Spotlight: Dismas House

Volunteers encourage former prisoners as they transition into society. Here, a group hangs out on the Dismas House front porch.
Volunteers encourage former prisoners as they transition into society. Here, a group hangs out on the Dismas House front porch.

This time of year, we’re still holding on to those – dare we say it – New Year’s resolutions. We’d like to believe that beyond all those little missteps we’ve made in the past, we can be better. Whether it’s making better choices with food, being more thoughtful about the community, or just finishing that last semester to get a degree, we all have goals to improve our sense of selves. We want a better way of life.

For most of us, this means more discipline and a new goal or two. But what about those who have had a rough beginning? Dwain Adkins, who served six years in prison for aggravated assault, may not be the norm, but just like everyone else, Dwain yearns to start anew and aim for something better.

Dismas House is helping people like Dwain take steps toward reaching their goals. A local nonprofit helping to facilitate the reconciliation of former prisoners to society by developing supportive communities, Dismas House is helping Adkins’s, and others like him transition back into society. As it does for most of us, having some cheerleaders rallying and supporting these former prisoners on their paths to a fresh start increases their chances of success. (Check out this recent article in The Tennessean featuring Dwain and Dismas House.) 

Dinner at Dismas House is a popular volunteer opportunity where people help cook dinner for the Dismas community and exchange uplifting words.
Dinner at Dismas House is a popular volunteer opportunity where people help cook dinner for the Dismas community and exchange uplifting words.

Volunteers are a powerful force in helping Adkins and other folks like him. Scott Pieper, executive director at Dismas House, comments, “Since I’ve been here, many residents have described experiencing anxiety in settings, especially immediately following release – they find themselves believing that others are starting to make judgments about them.” He goes on to say, “When volunteers come to the house, where our residents are most comfortable, there is an opportunity for positive interaction with the residents and our residents get to see for themselves that there are nonjudgmental, supportive people who are excited to welcome them back to society.”

Here are some great opportunities at Dismas house where you can help.

Dinner at Dismas House
April 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
> Read more & sign up.

Administrative Assistant
> Read more & sign up.

Volunteers are all smiles at the Dismas House Garden party.
Volunteers are all smiles at the Dismas House Garden party.

Computer Technician
> Read more & sign up.

Grocery Assistant
> Read more & sign up.

Social Media Manager.
> Read more & sign up.

> See ALL volunteer opportunities at Dismas House.

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