Very nice story about a Catholic halfway house and related business for ex-prisoners in the Catholic News.
“NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — Last fall, Dwain Adkins was about to be released from prison after serving a six-year sentence for aggravated assault. He had no family to return to on the outside and had not been accepted into a halfway house.
“My biggest fear was being homeless,” he said. “It was hard for me to fathom that. It tore me up.”
“Finally, one week before his release, Adkins got word from Dismas House in Nashville that he would have a place to stay.
“Dismas gives guys like me an opportunity and for that I’m grateful,” he told the Tennessee Register, newspaper of the Nashville Diocese.
“Not only did Adkins find a safe place to land after prison, but he also found immediate employment through Dismas’ social enterprise — a custom screen-printing business called Triple Thread Apparel that helps ex-offenders like Adkins reintegrate back into society through employment and job training.
“Today, Adkins spends his days in the Triple Thread workshop, unpacking boxes of shirts, prepping and cleaning screens for printing, and ensuring orders are properly completed and ready for shipping. He does all this under the watchful eye of the founder of Dismas House — the late Dominican Father Jack Hickey, who smiles down on all who enter the workshop from a poster on the wall.
“A quote from Father Hickey reads: “In the courage of those who suffer and the compassion of those who stand with them, people will see God at work and join in.” Those words still guide Dismas and Triple Thread today.
“Father Hickey, a chaplain at Vanderbilt University in the 1970s, was inspired to start Dismas House to minister to former prisoners; Triple Thread was founded to take that ministry a step further.”