Phone: 508-799-9389 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org www.dismashouse.org
The mission of Dismas is to reconcile former prisoners to society, and society to former prisoners, through the development of a supportive community.
By Jen Burt (farm steward) as the farm steward at the Dismas Family Farm for three years, I have seen the healing power of farm work. For the residents of Dismas, they each have the chance to contribute to the farm in their own way. Each resident is responsible for a barn chore; collecting and preparing eggs for sale, caring for our pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, llama, and dog. Caring for another living creature is restorative for many. And the residents here take pride in producing goods to be sold at the farmers’ market, craft fairs, and through our CSA program. There is deep value in doing work that has a tangible outcome and maintains the land and home where you live. In addition, being connected to nature is new for many of our ISMAS House
By the Numbers
# Dismas House, the Dismas Family Farm and the Father John Brooks House are home each day to 30 homeless and former prisoners trying to rebuild their lives.
# Over 300 volunteers, comprising 50 different families and church and student groups, prepare and share dinner at Dismas programs each year.
# Dismas Family Farm residents grow over 20,000 pounds of fresh vegetables each year.
# The Dismas Family Farm raises 30 free-range turkeys each year at Thanksgiving.
# The farm has 1 llama, named Nina.