Break Description


Dismas House of Indiana was founded in 1986 to provide transitional housing and support services to men and women who have recently been released from incarceration. Undergraduate and graduate students also frequently live in the house. Together, all residents work to develop a supportive community, one that assists former offenders as they pursue employment, permanent housing, and access services to ensure a successful transition.

Our group will travel to South Bend, IN by JMU van. We'll assist with some of the many projects around the residence, which could involve renovating a bedroom, or cleaning and organizing the pantry, storage room, and basement. We will also help to cook the evening meal, which we'll enjoy with the residents, and we'll play games and socialize with the residents after dinner.

We will be housed at Sacred Heart Parish Center, on the Notre Dame campus. We'll stay in dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms. While our housing is fully accessible to those who use wheelchairs, Dismas House itself is a historical home, and only the first floor is wheelchair-accessible. Please let us know if you have questions about potential accommodations so that we may discuss them with our hosts.

Please note that Dismas House requires all volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

We hope you'll join us as we support a great organization and build meaningful relationships with the residents of Dismas House!

Check out this video documenting the experience of the last Alternative Spring Break that served with Dismas House:


Focus on: Empowering Vulnerable Populations

Community: Dismas House (FULL)

Leaders: Victoria Tartivita and Charlotte Terry

Cost: $100

What type of travel will this break use? Domestic Driving

What kind of break is this? Spring Break

Departure Date: 03-12-2022

Return Date: 03-19-2022

What community partner will you be working with? Dismas House

Currently Offered?: Yes

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