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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Counseling

Mission: The foundation of h. O. P. E. , inc. (h. O. P. E. ) is a faith-based nonprofit organization providing comprehensive pre-release and post-release after- care for offenders both within the allegheny county jail and also within the outside community. H. O. P. E. 's mission goal is successful community reintegration of men and women who have been incarcerated in the allegheny county jail.

Programs: Pre-release classes for inmates, training of mentors for matching with the inmates enrolled in pre-release classes.

post release mentoring and related activities to assist inmates for a successful transition into wide society.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sometime this past winter, I attended a Foundation of Hope fundraiser. Those gathered heard about the concept of helping inmates who had been released (those who had served their "time") in NOT RETURNING TO PRISON. I remember clearly the story told by a mother who had been incarcerated. She talked about having worked at McDonald's when in high school. She went on to say that she is still working a McDonald's but is now "taking care of my daughter and myself ON MY OWN" because of the Foundation of HOPE program. I have always said "hope" is my all time favorite word. It causes one or many to live life differently. When this young woman and mother spoke, I felt a wonderful chill move through me. Hope caused this one individual to choose a new road of living for herself. In so doing, she also became a light of hope for her daughter. I HOPE that this organization will continue to grow in it's outreach to those in need of hope at the Allegheny County Jail and grow in its finances to do so. Please donate.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the HOPE ministry for about 8 years as a member of the Jail Project Committee and as a teacher in the “Confronting your Stinkin’ Thinkin’” cause. I have listened to the participants as they reveal their confused youth and their misspent years after dropping out of school. I have seen miraculous changes in most of the HOPE men. This change is born out in the fact that the recidivism rate for HOPE participants is less than 15%, while the rate for others is around 70%.
HOPE graduates have learned that a dark past does not need to become an empty future, and that mistakes are not burdens to be carried but to be understood as a platform for new days, and that just because the world has its share of A-holes doesn’t mean you have to be the toilet paper.
Thank you for considering HOPE as a cause worthy of your support.
Review by Rev. Bill Hower.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I believe that not all crime that is committed for the purpose of getting drugs should result in prison time or as much prison time. I also believe that this ministry is a move in the right direction and that a ministry like this one should not be considered treatment, but pre-treatment.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our nation's Declaration of Independence says "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights… among these… Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." No distinctions are made for those who may have made bad choices and are helped to redirect their lives and move forward as positive contributors to society.

This is where the Foundation of Hope shines! People who emerge from incarceration through Foundation of Hope programs increase their rates of success in society by nearly 70% over those who do not! Our society cannot afford "throw away" people. By helping "the lease of these" realize their full potential of positive human beings in a world that needs them, Foundation of Hope helps us all!

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Board Member

Rating: 5

I Graduated from "The Hope Pod" in Alleghenyy County Jail in May 2010. I was Released in October 2010. The Influence of HOPE followed me out the door. Am I all better now? No, Change takes time. Do I still make mistakes? Yes, I am learning a new way of life and everyday I learn more. Did I learn how to think differently? Yes I did. What was, and still is the strongest lesson in my mind is "Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary, use words" and believe me, that is a tall order to ask of anyone but it is burned there, in my thoughts and in my prayers. I was Voted onto the the Board of Directors as a full Voting Member in February 2012. My Voice is one of several Peer Members on the Board. Today I hold Certificates in: Suicide prevention QPR. Wellness Coaching, Mercy Behavioral Health. Mental Health First Aid, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. Certified Peer Specialist, The Bell Of Hope, Mental Health Association of SEPA, Institute for Recovery & Community Integration. Above all, A Confirmed Member of the Holy Catholic Church. On the Hope Pod, We didn't "Rot In Jail". We were busy, all the time, everyday in classes, all day. HOPE inside, made all of us both Classroom ready and Workplace ready. HOPE taught us how to be better Parents and active members of the Community, How to control our emotions especially Anger management. How to better understand Addiction. The Aftercare Program "Catches us before we fall" upon release because getting released from jail is just as traumatic as getting locked up in Jail. We need your help to continue to provide Trained, Experienced Mentors for our Aftercare Program. When Jesus spoke of the day that God would separate the Sheep from the Goats, his words were " I was sick and in Prison and you visited me" Anything you give will be the same as visiting those in Jail by providing the reassurance that they have a number to call upon their release other than the old numbers that influenced their initial crimes. Every donation offers a new way of life for those recently released which in turn creates safe changes to our community as a whole. I appreciate your consideration and your Loving generosity. Thank You and Peace be with you,
Leland Chalmers Raymaley III. -Chipper- 724-989-7477 lelandraymaley3@gmail.com

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HOPE program is just that, "HOPE",

H - helping
O - other
P - people
E - excel

I consider it a honor to be apart of this program. I've experienced restoration, transformation, and inspiration in the lives of the inmates. As a volunteer I appreciate the opportunities given me to make a positive difference. This program is amazing and God sent. It has inspired my life in multiple ways as well.

Thank you Hope Program
Evangelist Alvina Smith

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at the jail has been so inspirational. Knowing that this program is impacting the recidivism rate of inmates makes me want to support it ever more! My favorite activity has been delivering Christmas gifts.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Board Member

Rating: 5

HOPE is giving inmates a faith based program to enable them to stay out of jail and become productive parents, spouse, and productive members of society. The recidivism rate is less than 20 returns to jail for every 100 inmates. The Allegheny County jail recidvism rate is over 50 returning inmates for every 100 inmates.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am teaching in the HOPE program, and it does literally provide those served with hope, a hope that they can become stronger and be able to make positive changes in their life. We see smites beginning to form and a genuine sense of caring for their fellow HOPE participants. They begin to express gratitude to each other and search for a better sense of who they are and who they hope to become. Not everyone has an easy beginning in life and the HOPE program gives these people a belief that they are worthwhile members of a bigger world.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor and volunteer, I witness firsthand the impact my giving has on the lives of the incarcerated adults in the Allegheny County Jail. The program participants are heart-warmingly devout, thankful, and determined to change the course of their lives, and I am consistently honored to help them on their journey. My life is enriched because of the men & women of HOPE, and I encourage you to learn more about this impactful non-profit, which truly reduces the rate of recidivism. I love sharing stories of my HOPE involvement, and piquing interest in this unique and one-of-a-kind giving opportunity.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been honored to be a small part of this organization to provide support and resources to the inmates. I believe that this program allows men and women to focus on difficult subject matter and build confidence that they may be able to make better choices when they are discharged from ACJ. I have witnessed individuals feel empowered by this program and hope that it continues.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to be a part of a handful of HOPE's graduations and I've seen how this program has helped women understand what it means and looks like to start fresh and make the right decisions for their sake of their futures and families.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazingly effective organization. I am astonished by the "bang for the buck" of this dedicated group of people. Although the administrative staff is small in numbers, they have assembled a large group of volunteers who have work tirelessly to give guidance, comfort, support, a helping hand, whatever it takes to help people build a new and better life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have mentored an inmate through HOPE, I teach in the HOPE program, and I'm on nthe board just to let you know of my belief in this program. We have a 70% recidivism rate vs. over 50%b for the jail. Men and women are deciding to redirect their lives and become better people and citizens through HOPE. It creates a new foundation of thinking and behavior that many of them were not aware of previously. I have had several men in my class say it was the first time someone really seemed to care about them personally. Your dollars are well-spent if you support HOPE.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a financial supporter of HOPE because it helps an under served population with intentional education and tools to ensure success. The most impressive stat to me is the low number of inmates who have participated in the program and return to jail vs the general population. This program is well organized and managed to serve the diverse needs of those who are too often forgotten. 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's been my privilege to serve as a prison ministry volunteer at the Allegheny County Jail from First Lutheran Church for the past three years, and as a board member of the Foundation of HOPE for two years. The Foundation of HOPE is considered to be one of the best programs of its kind in the nation. Through a strong network of volunteers, HOPE had a direct impact on the lives of men and women who, separated from the rest of the world, are often forgotten.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Donor

Rating: 5

The Foundation of Hope is one of the most successful and impressive non-profit organizations in our area. The impact touches not only those incarcerated, but also volunteers, donors, and anyone who is looking for an answer to reaching those who need hope. The participants are helped to build their faith, which is such an important tool in re-building a life. They receive the tools necessarty for transitioning to a new life, and support along the way. Compared to the recidivism rate nationally, this program's rate is unbelievably lower. Other institutions in this sector would do well to model after this inspiring example. I have heard former prisoners, volunteers, and staff members speak about the impact of the Foundation of Hope on their lives, and they all shared great enthusiasm for the program. The staff is hard-working, totally dedicated, and should be praised for their impact on the lives of others.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

faith geer

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been impressed by the intentionality of the program. H.O.P.E. stresses the important things one must do to get on with your life. The tools they receive in the program give them a strong foundation to go back to the community and contribute to it. It is truly well named...it gives hope!

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have been there for me when all the cards where on the table and I Iost my hand. No other group does as much work from inside prison to life out side of prison !! Two thumbs up !

Donor

Rating: 5

As a financial supporter I care a lot about results. I have had conversations with Foundation of Hope participants and mentors and can attest to their enthusiasm and belief in this program. Men and women point to Foundation of Hope as the pivotal difference in their successful post-incarceration life. Statistics bear this out with reduced recidivism amongst individuals working in this program. I will continue to support Foundation of Hope and encourage others to do so too!

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation