Providing Excellence in Chaplaincy and Faith-based Pre- and Post-Release Care for Incarcerated and Released Individuals.

The Foundation of HOPE is an interfaith non-profit with the mission to “Empower incarcerated and released individuals to restore their relationship with their God, rebuild their lives, and reconcile to their communities.”



Providing spiritual support and practical help to inmates of all faiths who are estranged from their families and communities and in need of encouragement.
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An interfaith, faith-based rehabilitative program in which inmates live together, learn new skills and values, and grow in their understanding of themselves and their choices.      Learn More >


Matching newly released inmates with resources, support groups, and mentors, who offer support, guidance, and practical assistance in making a healthy transition back into society.      Learn More >

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Share your time or treasure. Training is available for leading, teaching, or mentoring. Tax-deductible donations are used to purchase much-needed religious texts and everyday supplies.      Learn More >

The Foundation of HOPE Offers a Solution that Works.

Allegheny County JailEach year, about 30,000 people are arrested and brought to the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh. The jail’s population – generally between 2,500-2700 on a daily basis – is growing. Of those in the general jail population, approximately 52% will return (or recidivate).

This recidivism is primarily due to the fact that, once released, inmates face incredible obstacles in overcoming or avoiding the factors that contributed to their incarceration in the first place. Many return to the lifestyles, communities, and loved ones who may have influenced their criminal thinking.

The Foundation of HOPE addresses the problem of recidivism by offering inmates support and direction both during their time at the jail and after their release, thereby increasing their capacity to make responsible decisions and avoid repeat offenses.