Dismas House Receives $37.5k in Community Grants

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Dismas House of Nashville announces it has received $37,500 in grants from local foundations to support basic needs and programming for residents. The non-profit organization received $25,000 from the Memorial Foundation for general program support and $12,500 from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to fund Welcome Backpacks and meals for residents. The Welcome Backpacks include clothing, toiletries and food for men who are new arrivals to Dismas House to help them acclimate to their new home and transition from incarceration.

While at Dismas House, residents benefit from a broad range of programs including medical, dental and vision services, mental health assessments, addiction support services, group therapy, financial literary and job readiness training. The Four Pillars of Programming at Dismas House includes: Basic Needs, Health and Well-Being, Life Skills and Legal Support that provides comprehensive services to meet the needs of residents.

“These funds are critical to the operations and programming that Dismas House provides our returning citizens,” says Kay Kretsch, interim CEO, Dismas House of Nashville. “The continued support of the Memorial Foundation and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee allows us to serve more men and help them successfully transition into the community.”

The Memorial Foundation places special emphasis on assisting non-profit organizations that focus on: health; youth and children; senior citizens; education; human and social services; and substance abuse programs.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee recently announced it has awarded $2.2 million in grants to 350 non-profit organizations as part of its 2020 annual grantmaking process. The Community Foundation awards discretionary grants annually from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds through an open application process to Middle Tennessee non-profit organizations addressing community needs and benefiting the well-being of citizens through valuable programs and innovative services.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

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