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

The HOPE staff remains committed to our mission of providing incarcerated individuals, re-entrants, and juveniles with basic needs assistance and other forms of emotional, pastoral, and social support. We recognize that the added stress of the current crisis can be frightening, frustrating, and confusing.

Based on the various mandates and recommendations from local, state, and national authorities, as well as healthcare experts, HOPE will be implementing the following operational protocols, effective immediately:

 

AFTERCARE OFFICE

  • No walk-ins will be accepted. You must call 412.321.3343 to schedule a phone appointment.

  • We will do our best to meet your needs via telephone and video conferencing. However, we will not be accepting or meeting personally with any clients in the office.

  • Given our small, close quarters, our community computer lab will not be available for use at this time.

  • If you are facing an immediate emergency or dealing with a personal crisis, please call 911 or RESOLVE CRISIS CENTER at 1-888-796-8226.


CHAPLAINCY

  • Effective Monday, March 16, all volunteers are barred from entering the Allegheny County Jail. This includes volunteer chaplains, worship teams, group and study leaders, religious advisors, etc.

  • Staff chaplains are providing care to the staff and inmates in the jail.


DIVERSION

  • No walk-ins will be accepted. You must call 412.321.8460 to schedule an appointment.

  • We will do our best to meet your needs via telephone and video conferencing. However, we will not be accepting or meeting personally with any clients in the office.


MENTORING

  • At this time ALL face-to-face mentor/mentee contact must pause until further notice.

  • If you have a mentee in the community, you can communicate with them via phone, text, email, etc., as long as you are not connecting face-to-face.

  • If you have a mentee in an SCI or FCI, you can continue writing/calling/emailing them as you have been, but you cannot have face-to-face visits.

  • If you have a mentee in ACJ, you can write to them during this time using the following address and guidelines: https://alleghenycounty.us/jail/inmate-mail.aspx. Mail must be placed in a white envelope and addressed as follows:

Return Address:

Your Name
C/O Foundation of HOPE
112. W. North Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

 

Mentee’s Address:

Mentee/Inmate Name
DOC Number (found on either your blue form or your match letter. If you don’t know your mentee’s DOC number, contact Anais at 412.321.3343)
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


PRE-RELEASE

  • Effective Monday, March 16, until Monday, March 30, 2020, all HOPE Pre-Release volunteers will be barred from entering the Allegheny County Jail. This includes volunteer instructors, mentors, therapists, tutors, book recorders, etc.

  • We will not be holding Pre-Release graduations, but graduates will receive recognition

  • HOPE Pre-Release staff will be out of the office starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, but will be available via email.

  • We will push the start of the next term of HOPE Pre-Release back by at least a week. For now, we anticipate that the new term will begin on March 30 and run through June 5 (subject to change depending upon the circumstances).

  • Please check your email and this page for regular updates.

As conditions change, we will adjust our operations accordingly. Updates can be found on this page at www.foundationofhope.org/coronavirus as well as our Facebook Page. Please know that our primary concern is protecting the safety, health, and well-being of the people we serve, our staff and our volunteers.

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LAST UPDATE: March 16, 2020
NOTICE REGARDING FOUNDATION OF HOPE SERVICES DURING THE EVOLVING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) CRISIS

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