Second Chances for former offenders and their loved ones


Established in 1988, Chattanooga Endeavors is one of the first and longest surviving prisoner reentry programs in Tennessee.  Beginning as a half-way house called “Dismas House,” we have addressed some of the most challenging issues prisoners face when returning home – including homelessness, substance abuse, illiteracy, and unemployment.

The premise of much of our work is that a great deal of crime can be prevented in a relatively straightforward and inexpensive way by improving the circumstances of those who are the most likely to commit it. They’re easy to identify. They’re the ones coming home from prison. And in general we know what they need. Decades of extensive research has made that clear.

We are striving for a day when everyone from Chattanooga who is serving time in prison, along with their loved ones, receive the hometown support they need from their earliest encounter with the criminal justice system until they are free and clear of its adverse effect.