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


The HOPE ACJ chaplaincy department provides spiritual nourishment and hope to incarcerated individuals. Chaplaincy staff serves as a non-anxious, non-judgmental presence and a witness to the power of compassion. It is the mission of our department to provide a safe listening space for individuals where they can truly know that they are seen and heard.


The HOPE ACJ chaplaincy department strives to be a center of compassion, peace, justice, and acceptance where every person’s dignity and humanity are upheld, their purpose affirmed, and their connection to a Higher Power is nurtured.


  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • Compassion
  • Peace
  • Dignity
  • Creativity
  • Relationship

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.)

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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