Allegheny County Jail Chaplaincy
The HOPE Chaplaincy Program in the Allegheny County Jail provides pastoral care, charity, worship, religious education, religious programming, and other support services for inmates of all faiths. Faith groups receiving services include, but are not limited to: Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, Buddhists, and Native Americans. The program receives up to 2,500 requests per month for Bibles and other scriptures, visitation, care packages for indigent inmates, reading glasses, spiritual reading material, and other resources.
Our volunteer and paid chaplains visit inmates on all pods, offering the opportunity for vital spiritual and emotional support. The Chaplain’s Office oversees 27 worship services and 39 scripture/catechism studies per week for inmates of a variety of faiths, 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 inmates of all faiths, those who are estranged from their families and communities, and in need of encouragement.
The Chaplaincy Program supports inmates through:
- worship services;
- religious instruction classes;
- one-on-one counseling;
- grief counseling when a family member dies;
- care packages for basic inmate hygiene needs; and
- special holiday events and celebrations.