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Providing Excellence in Diversion, 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 of “Empowering people impacted by the criminal justice system to renew their faith, rebuild their lives, and restore positive relationships.”

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Chaplaincy

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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Pre-Release

An interfaith, faith-based rehabilitative program that empowers incarcerated individuals to transform their thinking and behaviors, while preparing for their future. Learn More >

Aftercare

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 >

Youth Diversion

Giving young people who commit a non-violent, low-to-medium offense the opportunity to remain in the community while addressing their needs rather than being prosecuted, convicted, or incarcerated.. Learn More >

Adult Diversion

A voluntary pre-arrest/pre-booking adult program addressing and supporting the mental, social, and physical health of individuals who, under typical circumstances, would be prosecuted in the criminal justice system. Learn More >

NOTICE REGARDING FOUNDATION OF HOPE SERVICES DURING THE EVOLVING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) CRISIS

LATEST UPDATE: February 28, 2022

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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.

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.