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 incarcerated individuals and returning citizens 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 and pre-release programs in the Allegheny County Jail. Our Aftercare office on Pittsburgh’s North Side serves returning citizens coming out of county, state, and federal institutions. The Foundation of HOPE also has diversion programs for Adults and Youth. These programs address the needs of individuals who commit non-violent, low- to medium-level offenses, keeping them out of the cycle of adjudication and incarceration.
The goals of the programs 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 individuals regardless of their race, age, ethnic background, or faith tradition.
Since 2002, HOPE has been providing a continuum of care for those impacted by the criminal justice system 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.