The Mission of HOPE

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.”

The History of HOPE

The Foundation of HOPE grew out of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania’s (CASP) former chaplaincy program. CASP incubated, fostered, and nurtured the growth of HOPE. The two organizations continue to work closely with one another as partners in ministry.

The Foundation of HOPE offers inmates and ex-offenders the opportunity for a new life by offering three distinct elements of a continuum of care: Chaplaincy, Pre-Release, and Aftercare. We offer chaplaincy services in Allegheny County Jail and in Shuman Juvenile Detention Center. Pre-Release programs take place in the Allegheny County Jail. Our Aftercare office on Pittsburgh’s North Side serves ex-offenders coming out of county, state, and federal institutions.

The goals of the program are accomplished through counseling, religious services, discipleship, practical resources and referrals, life skills education within and outside the jail, choice awareness training, and one-on-one mentoring. HOPE serves inmates regardless of their race, age, ethnic background, or faith tradition. The Chaplains’ Office cares for inmates of Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim traditions, among others.

Since 2002, HOPE has been providing a continuum of care for inmates and ex-offenders in Allegheny County. The Foundation of HOPE became a registered 501(c)(3) in 2006.

HOPE currently offers its programs in Allegheny County, but expects to expand services to other areas over the next few years.

Our Board of Directors

Rev. Dr. Ronald Peters, President
Vice President, TBA
Rikell Ford, Secretary
Joseph Meyers, CPA, Treasurer
Jody Raeford, MS,
…..Executive Director

The Rev. Paul Abernathy
The Rev. Liddy Barlow (ex-officio)
John Buckley
Lynne Chadwick
Laurie Du Chateau, Esquire
Jay Gilmer
Daniel W. Kunz, Esquire
Leah Nowicki
Major Deborah Sedlar

Removing the Roadblocks to Recovery

Without the right support and direction, a released inmate’s capacity to make responsible decisions and avoid repeat offenses is undoubtedly compromised. A recently released three-year study shows that inmates who received after-care services were significantly less likely to recidivate. In addition, the study indicated that for every $1 invested in social services, $6 in recidivism costs were saved.

The following insightful reports are available for more information about the need for aftercare services:

  1. Roadblocks to Reentry (PDF)
  2. Transition from Prison (PDF)

Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services Resource Guide offers a wealth of resources. Please click the following link to review the complete list of resources it offers, as well as those offered by other local agencies.
Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services Resource Guide

Visit our Resources Page for more helpful tools.

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The Foundation of HOPE is committed to providing a non-discriminatory employment environment for its employees. The policy of the Foundation of HOPE is to fully comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations in the area of non-discrimination in employment. Discrimination against employees and applicants due to race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), national origin, disability, age (40 years or older), military, and veteran status is prohibited.