Courtesy Dismas House website: the house on 4th Street where they hope to locate

Dec 6, 2015 11:02 AM

Nonprofit to build home for women coming out of prison

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER — A nonprofit that runs inmate halfway houses wants to build a home for the transition of women being released from the state prison in Goffstown.

The Dismas Home of New Hampshire is conducting a campaign to raise the funds necessary to open early in 2016. With the help of Catholic Charities, it has obtained use of a house in Manchester for now, but an additional $150,000 is needed for capital improvements and operating costs.

Inmates seeking to enter the Dismas program need to file an application and receive recommendations from their parole officers and the prison warden. Once accepted, they are required to seek employment and pay a nominal rent and work to maintain the home.

Similar homes have been used in over 20 other states.

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