Spiritual support and practical help to individuals of all faiths



Restoring Relationships

The Foundation of HOPE Provides Chaplaincy Services in the Allegheny County Jail.

The HOPE Chaplaincy Program in the Allegheny County Jail provides pastoral care, charity, worship, religious education, religious programming, and other support services for participants of all faiths. The program receives up to 1500 requests per month for Bibles and other scriptures, visitation, charitable gifts for indigent individuals, spiritual reading material, and other resources.

Our chaplains visit individuals throughout the facility, offering the opportunity for vital spiritual and emotional support. The Chaplain’s Office oversees worship and prayer services, as well as scripture/catechism studies for individuals of a variety of faiths, and including those in mental health and disciplinary units. Volunteers for the HOPE Chaplaincy Program contribute more than 11,000 volunteer hours per year.

The Allegheny County Jail Chaplaincy Program provides spiritual support and practical help to people of all faiths, those who are estranged from their families and communities, and those who are in need of encouragement.

Prayer service

If you have a loved one in need of chaplaincy support at the ACJ, please contact our office at


(Walk-in appointments are not available at this time.)

Supporting Individuals along Their Journey through Reentry

Foundation of HOPE’s Mentoring Program

The Foundation of HOPE’s Mentoring Program matches individuals incarcerated at the Allegheny County Jail (and formerly incarcerated individuals) with mentors who can support them on a one-to-one basis. Upon release, a mentor continues to meet with their mentee to provide support during their transition back into the community. Mentors work collaboratively with their mentee to develop goals, address practical needs, and walk alongside of their mentee during their journey.

If you have the desire to assist another in overcoming personal barriers and creating space for transformation and would like to learn more about serving as a Foundation of HOPE mentor, please contact Keith Kondrich, Chaplaincy Services Coordinator/Mentoring Program.

PIRC Support Groups

On the outside, our weekly PIRC (Positive Initiative to Reinforce Change) Support Groups provide a safe and welcoming forum for reentrants and their supporters to share resources, network, and address social, intellectual, vocational, spiritual, emotional, environmental, and physical needs.

Your Support is Needed

The HOPE Aftercare Program has provided individuals with resources and support to successfully reconnect with their communities and families in positive and meaningful ways. We rely on the support of others like you to help us make a difference. Find out how you can get involved by sharing your gift of time or financial support.

Chaplaincy Brochure
For more information on the Chaplaincy Program, download the brochure or contact the Chaplain’s Office.
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