St. Louis, Missouri – October 15, 2023 – Dismas House of St. Louis, the nation’s first residential reentry center for justice-involved individuals, has agreed to sell a property to the City of St. Louis. The property, located at 3940 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, was acquired by Dismas House of St. Louis in 2021. The property features more than 100,000 square feet of indoor space, nearly 16 acres of land, and is situated in St. Louis’ Ville Neighborhood.

“While as an organization we had significant plans for use of the property, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with the City of St. Louis for the sale of this property,” said Kevin Walk, Chief Executive Officer, Dismas House of St. Louis. “This is an amicable agreement for both parties while also supporting the City’s development goals.”

Under the direction of a new Board of Directors and executive leadership team, Dismas House in recent years completed multiple renovations involving several million dollars to the present facility at 5025 Cote Brilliante Avenue. The investments support a contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which Dismas House has implemented for nearly 42 years. The organization will continue providing residential reentry services at the present location, where it has been operating since 1971.

About Dismas House of St. Louis
Dismas House of St. Louis is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1959 by Father Charles “Dismas” Clark as America’s original halfway house. The concept has become an integral part of the U. S. criminal justice system. Dismas House of St. Louis is guided by a Board of Directors and professionals driven to make the region a better place for everyone. For additional information, contact Tara Barrett, Communications Director, at 314-361-2802 ext. 125.