1. Dismas House of Indiana

  2. P.O. Box 4571

  3. South Bend, IN   46634

  4. 574-233-8622

  5. dismashouseofindiana.org


       Dismas House is a not for profit organization that provides housing and post-release services to adult men and women recently released from incarceration. The South Bend Dismas House opened in 1986. In a family setting, former offenders often share the house with college students. Together, they live, work and play as they create “true” community. College students make a positive and lasting impact on those returning from prison. When student residents are present more former offenders successfully complete the Dismas program. Fewer residents relapse on drugs and alcohol. More amazing many former offenders are interested in continuing their education. After being released from incarceration the first 90 days are crucial in the reentry process. If a returning offender is successful in those first 90 days then they are less likely to return to crime Therefore, we require former offenders to commit to participating in our program for a minimum of 90 days. Students commit to participating for one or two semesters or for the summer.

       Annually Dismas serves between 30-40 former offenders. Since opening, the Indiana Dismas House has been home to over 1,600 former offenders and over 100 college students. A former offender has up to 2 years to complete his/her clinic specific plan as a resident and the average stay is 6 months. The century-old households up to 15 residents at once. Their residents receive support from a caring staff and hundreds of community volunteers, who serve as board members, cooks, tutors, mentors, etc. Our program is funded through donations, grants, fund raising events and residents’ fees. Dismas House recognizes that the cycle of crime can be reduced when men and women, who have been incarcerated, have assistance readjusting to society. To that end, Dismas House provides housing, meals, case management, tutoring, employment services, life skills workshops, counseling, mentoring and programs to help former offenders make successful transitions back into the community.


  1. Special Offering for December 2018