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Dismas House resident and Triple Thread employee Dwain Adkins cleans a silk screen to prepare for a custom print job at the shop where he works in Nashville, Tenn., May 1. Triple Thread Apparel was started three years ago by Dismas volunteers to provide employment for ex-offenders who often have trouble finding work because of their felony records. 
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Dismas House resident and Triple Thread employee Dwain Adkins cleans a silk screen to prepare for a custom print job at the shop where he works in Nashville, Tenn., May 1. Triple Thread Apparel was started three years ago by Dismas volunteers to provide employment for ex-offenders who often have trouble finding work because of their felony records. 
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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.

A week before his release, Adkins got word from Dismas House in Nashville that he would have a place to stay.

Not only did Adkins find a safe place to stay after prison, but he also found immediate employment through Dismas’ social enterprise -- a custom screen-printing business that helps ex-offenders reintegrate back into society through employment and job training.

The founder of Dismas House is the late Dominican Father Jack Hickey.



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