This year our award goes to David McMahon and Colleen Hilferty, co-directors of Dismas House a residential program for newly released prisoners.
Colleen had more than 20 years experience in the development of programs and services engaging low income and homeless populations. Colleen has been instrumental in the launch and success of Dismas permanent and scattered site housing, the Farm program and associated ventures, and the BAR None program bringing civil legal support to ex-offenders throughout the greater Worcester area. She has been serving as Co-Executive Director of Dismas House of Central Massachusetts since 2000.
David has been co-executive Director of Dismas since 1998. He has helped to build an infrastructure of support for homeless ex-offenders which has included the launch of Father Brooks House and the Dismas Family Farm, and partnerships around reentry with South Middlesex Opportunity Council and Community Healthlink to rapidly rehouse former offenders.