Our VisionTo build a community of hope by enabling people of faith to get involved in creative and healing ministry to persons touched by crime.
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Dismas Fellowship Network
Get Ready For Life Program
Get Ready for Life: is a Friends of Dismas program that offers practical assistance to help reintegrate ex-prisoners who have experienced long periods of incarceration. Through a referral system we strive to determine and provide the most impactful support, within our capabilities, to those who are in need.
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We started with a simple vision: To build a community of hope by enabling people of faith to get involved in creative and healing activities to persons touched by crime. We are people from a variety of experiences who gather regularly: ex-prisoners and friends who celebrate the grace we have received in Jesus Christ.
Meeting once or twice per month in a growing number of communities across Ontario, volunteers and ex-prisoners gather for a meal, listen to a guest short talk or sharing and then gather in a circle, where we listen to and pray for each other.
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“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” - Mother Teresa
The Friends of Dismas was started in 2007 with the simple idea of reaching out to people of faith and asking them to help those touched by crime, especially those returning from prison after a long sentence, by using the talents (gifts) they have been to help those in need.
People of faith have responded by joining us and praying for individuals, becoming involved in good works like providing meals for the Dismas Fellowships and some have offered the gift of Friendship and many have generously provided financial support.
We continue to appreciate these gifts and we thank everyone who continues to support the our ministry according to the graces that have been given.
Gordie: A Story Of Hope" It all started with an invitation from a chaplain "
Gordie had two wishes when he met with Community Chaplain Harry Nigh. He wanted to die a free man and he wanted to reconnect with his family. In June 2015, Gordie was celebrating his 10th year of freedom when he died suddenly while walking the streets of Toronto.
His memorial service was held at the Dismas Fellowship Toronto and over 120 people attended including his sisters and many of his nieces and nephews. Gordie died a free man and he had family and friends by his side. The Dismas Fellowship Toronto helped him to live with hope of a better life after years of hopelessness in prison.
Betty: A Story of Community" I can't wait for my Dismas Fellowship Meeting "
Giving Back to Our CommunityHAMILTON DISMAS PHOTO CLUB
During the pandemic lock-downs, a group of ex-offenders decided that they would not allow themselves to waste away, but rather began to collorate, forming the Hamilton Dismas Photo Club.
The video (to the right) is one of their projects they produced to encourage our Dismas Fellowship groups. The video is a parallel between the transition of Winter to Spring and the transitioning out of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
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