Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Kay Kretsch, CEO of Dismas House in Nashville, Tennessee, who discusses their Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) approved residential reentry program that serves men returning to the community directly from all state correctional facilities for men and county jails throughout Tennessee. The nonprofit’s goal is to support these men as they navigate the challenging transition from prison back to the community and help them overcome the many barriers to successful reentry. During the interview, Kay talks about their “Four Pillars of Programming,” what makes their programs successful, their growth and development with a new campus, their larger impact in the community, the importance of their work, how the community can support their efforts and more.
- Opportunities to learn more about Dismas House through our Program Preview, hosted monthly on campus. Guests receive a complimentary lunch and a tour of our campus.
- Pillars of Programming – Basic Needs, Health & Well Being, Life Skills and Legal Support. We are have a wrap-around approach to working with our residents and we differentiate ourselves with our focus on individual and group therapy, substance use disorder treatment and financial literacy.
- We are in our second year at our new campus where we can service 175 men each year as the premier men’s reentry campus in the state of Tennessee.
- We just hosted our annual Forgiveness Luncheon with our keynote speaker as Dr. Remington Richardson, a recent graduate of the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and now in postdoctoral orthodontic program at Indiana University School of Medicine. Our emcee was Emmy award winning meteorologist Lelan Statom.