Dismas House of South Bend
We Need Your Help!
We are in dire need of a
new(er) van so we could
serve our house and resident’s
needs better. Our current van
has very high mileage and is
constantly in need of repairs. We
are starting a fund raising drive
to reach a total of $15,000 for
the purchase of a newer vehicle.
For More info please contact:
Current total as of 4/24/2013: $2,825
2014 Annual Dinner Silent Auction Item
Bid on a Rolltop Docking Station at our 2014 Annual Dinner & Silent Auction on March 26th
Unique piece has been refurbished and upgraded by Dismas residents in the Dismas Designs Program
Just Shop @ SMC
Just Shop @ SMC - Clothing Drive (Saint Mary's College)
Father Jack HickeyFather Jack Hickey founded Dismas House in 1974 along with a group of students as part of the Vanderbilt Prison Project. The idea for university students and former prisoners to share a home was conceived by a group of students and the late Father Jack Hickey, O.P., a chaplain at Vanderbilt University, as an extension of the Vanderbilt Prison Project. Father Hickey and the students opened the first Dismas House in 1974 in Nashville.
Where does the Name come from?
Dismas is the “repentant” or “good thief” crucified with Christ on Calvary and offers a testament to the power of forgiveness.
Dismas House is a nonprofit organization founded in 1974 to provide transitional housing and support services to men and women who have been recently released from prison or jail. Dismas provides a unique form of crime prevention by working with at risk individuals to integrate them with community volunteers, college students, and staff.