Dismas House Halfway House
1513 16th Avenue South
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Nashville, TN 37212
Class of Housing/Services: Dismas House of Nashville is a 501(c)(3) transitional re-entry program for individuals recently released from incarceration.
Dismas is the traditional name of the repentant thief at Calvary (Luke XXII, 39-43.) The ex-offender is also seen as Dismas - punished, repentant, but deserving of a second chance and a new start. Residents typically live in a house for 4-6 months, leaving with a stable income, a greater sense of self-worth and hope for the future. Residents are expected to gain employment within 2 weeks of moving in, help with the chores, attend nightly meetings, participate in evening meals and pay program fees. Dismas strives to create a family-based atmosphere, hence the slogan: "Dismas is Family." This slogan reflects a value system that each resident of the house is a member of a family that works together to achieve positive results. This family value also means that an atmosphere of forgiveness and reconciliation is possible.
Eligibility Please review the following before submitting an application - anyone who does not meet our eligibility guidelines will not be accepted. Male, 18 years of age or older Applicant must be within twelve months of release, a hearing, seeking an alternative sentence, or have been released from custody within six months of beginning the admissions process Those who have already been released must be a TDOC supervised resident of Tennessee Priority is given to individuals who resided in Tennessee at the time of their arrest or offended in Tennessee - all other scenarios must be explained to and approved for consideration by the Review Committee prior to submitting an application An applicant registered for a sex offense by any national, state, territorial, or tribal government is ineligible for acceptance Applicants convicted of sexual offenses that do not require registration, arson charges, or child maltreatment charges will be considered on a case-by-case basis Simultaneous residency will not be granted to charge partners or family members
Admissions Applications are prioritized by projected "action date" (i.e. - when an applicant is scheduled to be released, has a scheduled hearing, etc.). Our admissions process is lengthy; for those who are accepted, the process generally takes at least three months to complete. We encourage all applicants, especially those who have nearing deadlines, to pursue multiple housing options. You should not depend solely upon acceptance into Dismas for your "home plan". Admissions decisions are made by the Review Committee which, meets only once each month. If you have already been released or are seeking an alternative sentence, we will attempt to expedite the admissions process, but cannot guarantee a decision will be made any more quickly than normal. Your admissions process will begin when we receive a complete application and consent form. The application will be reviewed and a decision made to deny acceptance or schedule a first interview. Though it may take several weeks, all applicants will be notified by mail of the decision. After the first interview, information collected will again be reviewed and decision will be made to deny acceptance or schedule a second interview. After the second interview, a final acceptance decision will be made.
How To Volunteer at Dismas House Halfway House:
Be a volunteer. Call Dismas House Halfway House at (615) 297-4511 for current volunteer work opportunities.
As A General Note About ShelterListings.org Listings:
ShelterListings.org does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.
In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.
Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.
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