Dismas House Ministry

The volunteers of the Dismas House Ministry provide transition support to individuals re-entering the community from federal incarceration.

Ministry volunteers help facilitate weekly workshops in areas such as job searching, life skills, and GED preparation. The group also assists with a monthly women's issues group, a quarterly motivational series and special projects as needed.

Each Thursday evening, ministry volunteers carpool to Dismas House Atlanta to help facilitate classes. Dismas volunteers let the residents know that people care about their successful transition into community and will show up on a regular basis to provide support for their journey.   

New volunteers are always welcomed and can schedule their participation according to their availability. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Dismas House Ministry is encouraged to call and schedule a time to go with the group on a Thursday evening.   


Assisting those transitioning from incarceration to community was the initial focus in 1964 when Father William Diersen, Chaplin at the Kentucky State reformatory, founded a re-entry center that housed 15 residents. Today, Dismas Charities operates 33 re-entry facilities in 14 states (four in Georgia). Learn more about Dismas Charities at http://www.dismas.com.

St. Ann’s Dismas House Ministry began almost 30 years ago with a simple request from Dismas Atlanta for clothing for job search activities. Dismas Atlanta is located off of Fulton Industrial Boulevard and has space for 190 residents that stay from six weeks to six months. The center’s population is about 85% male and 15% female. Volunteers connect with more than 550 residents a year. 

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The Catholic Church of St. Ann is a La Salette parish family dedicated to reconciliation through worship, word, works and sacrament.

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