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Hamilton and Metro Council approve $25,000 for Dismas Charities Foreverfamily program

Sunday December 20, 2009

For Immediare Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

The Louisville Metro Council has given its approval to $25,000 in funding for an important program to help inmates who are soon to be released from jail become better fathers and stay involved with their children and the community.

“This innovative program began with Dismas’ facility in Portland,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5). “Now, Dismas goal is to expand this program to its other four facilities in metro Louisville.”

Hamilton provided an initial $10,000 of her Neighborhood Development Funds in funding to Forever Family. On Thursday night, members of the Metro Council provided the remaining $15,000 to help Dismas get halfway to the $50,000 needed to expand the program.

Foreverfamily and Dismas Charities offer a program to incarcerated fathers who will soon be released from prison offering support to the resident and his family by teaching them how to co-parent with their children’s mother and prepare them for interacting with their children during five-hour family visits.

“This program addresses one of the most important needs Dismas has in helping those being released from institutions – re-establishing family ties,” according to, Robert Lanning Dismas Portland Director “It is critical to their success.”

The program offers information and materials that educate the fathers on the special challenges of parenting from prison and upon release from prison.

“This series of classes teaches them how to be a man and father," said James Leavell, Foreverfamily Louisville program manager. "They find out that they have value, learn to believe in their abilities as a father and start taking responsibility for their family.

Dismas Charities has already helped 44 inmates back into the role of father and parent through the ten week program. The program is offered at the Portland facility and Dismas is hoping to offer it at its other four facilities.

“This is the kind of innovative program our community needs to help turn peoples’ lives around,” said Hamilton. “Foreverfamily can have a great impact on not only these inmates but on the future of their children.”

Chri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5