Newly Released Inmates Have Numerous Practical Needs.
But, Help Is Available from Many Sources.
Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services offers a wealth of resources. Please click the following link to review the complete list of resources it offers, as well as those offered by other local agencies.
Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services
Prison Fellowship International has been involved in prison ministry around the world since 1976. For more information on their work and the resources they offer, visit their website.
Prison Fellowship International
The Allegheny County Jail Collaborative, consisting of DHS, the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ), and the Allegheny County Health Department, was created in 2000 because county leadership observed that not enough was being done for former inmates to support their reentry into the community.
Offender Re-integration Program / Jail Collaborative
Principles of Stewardship: Living into Our Calling
Authored by Rev. Kimberly Greway with K. J. Norris-Wilke
Being a good steward is more than managing finances; a theological understanding of stewardship recognizes that all we have comes from God and can be used in service to others. This interfaith curriculum, developed originally for the Foundation of HOPE to use at the Allegheny County Jail, teaches key principles of stewardship which enable people to more fully live into their calling to be good stewards. Through lectures, small group studies of religious texts, large group discussions, and ongoing accountability groups, this curriculum teaches principles of stewardship and provides practical advice to those desiring to develop new habits.
Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019
By Wendy Sawyer and Peter Wagner
Can it really be true that most people in jail are being held before trial? And how much of mass incarceration is a result of the war on drugs?
Prison Policy Initiative – March 19, 2019
The Pittsburgh Justice Collaborative Call for Unity and Support (PDF Document)
The Pittsburgh Justice Collaborative, through IBW, has applied for a Pre-Arrest Diversion Micro Grant from the Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI) in partnership with the Open Society Foundations to fund viable alternatives to mass criminalization and incarceration as a response to drug use, sex work and other subsistence-driven trade.
Justice Collab News – December 2017
The Forbes Funds: Member Spotlight
The Forbes Funds focuses on strengthening the management capacity and impact of community nonprofits individually and collectively.
You Should Know: Vernetta Byrd
The Allegheny County Jail chaplain has been volunteering there for more than 30 years, helping to restore a sense of normalcy to inmates’ lives.
By Lauren Davidson – Pittsburgh Magazine – September 23, 2016
Let’s Stop Gun Violence and Its Ripple Effects
By Susan Orr – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – June 21, 2016
A Success Story on a Former HOPE Participant.
Caitlin Werth, Providing HOPE (Article & Podcast)
WESA 90.5 – December 27, 2013
The Power of Presence
By Caitlin Werth – JusticeUnbound.org – November 4, 2013
A Newsmaker You Should Know: Minister Finds Her Role in Helping Prisoners
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – September 26, 2013
Pittsburgh Bishop Zubik Washes Feet of Inmates at Allegheny County Jail (Article & Video)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – March 29, 2013
Raising Hope… in Jail, in Hearts
WiseWomenLife.com – December 2011
Minister Hopes that Helping Others Will Motivate Inmates to Help Themselves
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – October 7, 2010
Watch the New HOPE Video
The goals of the program 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 inmates regardless of their race, age, ethnic background, or faith tradition.
The Freedom Rising Grant is being used as a catalyst for change in how youth are interfacing with the juvenile justice system in the city of Pittsburgh, how schools are handling behavior changes, and an effort in breaking the cycle of generational incarceration. The Diversion program addresses Justice and Reconciliation in addition to focusing on one of Freedom Rising’s Core Values: Focusing specifically on ministry to and for African American males without diminishing the well-being of others-particularly other oppressed peoples.
More Videos and Podcasts
Hope for Inmates (UMTV)
Video published on YouTube – Aug 29, 2011
A United Methodist student is helping farmers in developing countries with a gift that gives back.
Video published on YouTube – Dec 15, 2010
“Come and See”
Rev. Kimberly Greway
Sermon Podcast – January 15, 2012
“The Coming of the Holy Spirit”
Rev. Kimberly Greway
Sermon Podcast – May 27, 2012
2015 Foundation of HOPE Annual Report
The year 2015 was a game-changing year for Foundation of HOPE (HOPE). In this year’s annual report, you’ll catch a glimpse of how HOPE has had an impact on so many lives since it was formed by Christian Associates of Southwest PA (CASP) in 2002. HOWEVER, 2015 was a pivotal year for Foundation of HOPE, because, as of January 1, 2015, HOPE and CASP officially became separate entities, HOPE taking on its own identity …
Download the 2015 Annual Report to Read More. (PDF)
Family Bonds – by Jeffery Fraser
Too many released inmates see family and neighborhood as way stations on the round-trip back to jail. But new programs and services are working to turn home into the permanent refuge from recidivism.
Download the Foundation Center Article (PDF)
Allegheny County Jail Collaborative 2013 Annual Report
The Jail Collaborative is a large and broad group of people, all working to improve public safety by building a better system of reentry for people coming out of the Allegheny County. Its members include judges and community leaders, service providers and volunteers, grantmakers and elected officials.
Download the Annual Report (PDF)