e-News                                                          Winter 2016 

Welcome to Foundation of HOPE's Winter 2016 issue of "e-News." In each issue, you'll learn about recent happenings at HOPE, as well as current and upcoming news and events.  For more information, if you have a suggestion or if you'd like to be added to the HOPE e-news mailing list, please contact sorr@foundationofhope.org To learn more about Foundation of HOPE, please visit our website.
In This Issue
"Evening of HOPE" = evening of support
Honarary co-chairs Charlier and Latasha Batch 

Here's a recipe for a successful fundraiser: Having the support of nearly 200 guests; numerous corporate sponsors; a well-known media sponsor; much-loved honorary co-chairs; a long-time staple on local television as emcee; a stellar planning committee; and numerous in-kind donations. That said, Foundation of HOPE's "Evening of HOPE" fundraiser could be considered quite the success. As a matter of fact, it turned out to be a record-breaking event, raising nearly $40,000!

Taking place at the Rivers Club, the evening included presentations by three HOPE participants, and words of support from honorary co-chairs Charlie and Tasha Batch. 

Thanks to their support and the support of corporate sponsors: UPMC; Sears Home Services; Monteverde's; Allegheny Plywood; First Lutheran Church; Good Looks Eyewear; InSight LASIK & Refractive Group; The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; Greway family; Adventure Development; Grace United Presbyterian Church; and media sponsor Pittsburgh Magazine. Enjoy seeing a recap of the evening!
HOPE and Chatham team up for VoiceCATCH!
VoiceCATCH participants at recent workshop
Foundation of HOPE's Aftercare program recently teamed up with Chatham University to offer VoiceCATCH (Voice Creation AT Chatham) a free writing program for ex-offenders and their supporters.  

Members of VoiceCATCH   write from prompts, share work, and support each other's writing. This program is free, informal, and open to the public.

Please note that meetings take place  the second Saturday of each month at  New Hope Methodist Church,  114 W. North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. It takes place all other Saturdays 10 a.m. until noon at the  East Liberty Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh  130 S. Whitfield Street - Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Learn more about VoiceCATCH.
Holiday giftwrapping for inmates

Volunteers at the Dec.16 giftwrapping day

Holiday spirit spread throughout Allegheny County Jail on Dec.16 when about 100 volunteers and staff packed and delivered packages for the 2,000-plus inmates at the jail during the holiday season.

About 2,400 gifts included thermal shirts, notepads, pens, soap, Sarris candy bars, combs, Salvation Army cups with hard candy, and hot chocolate packets.
This annual tradition has been taking place since the late 1990s, thanks to Foundation of HOPE's Chaplaincy program. See photos of the day's festivities!  

Other holiday events included Chanukah celebration with the rabbis for the Jewish inmates, lesson, carols, and services. 
CASP moves headquarters

CASP's new home: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania (CASP) - the organization which created Foundation of HOPE in 2002 - recently relocated from its Lawrenceville location to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, located at 616 North Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. PTS is located at the border of Highland Park and East Liberty. Please note that HOPE's executive director office is now located at PTS. 

For the latest updates from Christian Associates, subscribe to their new e-newsletter, Unity N'at, by visiting signup.casp.org  
Ash Wednesday at Allegheny County Jail

Brother Dennis Klemash offers ashes to a jail officer.

Welcome, new HOPE Chaplaincy staff!

Jean Marie Farina.
A warm welcome goes out to the newest members of the Chaplaincy Team at the Allegheny County Jail. 

Jean Marie Farina, a native of Pittsburgh, was hired as the Catholic Coordinator in the Chaplain's Office at the Allegheny County Jail. A graduate of St. Francis University with a BA in Psychology, Duquesne University with a MS in Education, and of the Epiphany Association's Epiphany Certification Program in Formative Spirituality, Jean Marie has facilitated classes in ongoing adult spiritual formation at Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality and previously taught third grade in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She has been a long-time volunteer at the ACJ, serving as Extraordinary Minister, Volunteer Chaplain, and Co-Instructor of Catholic Spiritual Formation in the HOPE Pre-Release Program.

Capuchin Fransican friars (left to right): Brothers Mark Carter, Walt Robb and Dennis Klemash.

We also welcome three Capuchin Franciscan friars from the Pittsburgh-based community.   The three friars live at the St. Francis Friary in the South Hills of Pittsburgh where service to the poor, manual work, and contemplative prayer shape their ministry and life.
Brother Dennis Klemash's home parish is St. Columbkille in Imperial.  Brother Dennis, 55, has been a Capuchin Franciscan friar for 34 years and an ordained priest in the Order for 25 years. As a Capuchin, he has served the churches of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Charleston, WV, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh.  He has been sent to mission commitments in Honduras, Central America, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Brother Mark Carter, 54, is a native of Cleveland, OH.  He has been a Capuchin friar over 31 years and a priest for 24 years.  Brother Mark has served the Capuchin Vocation office as well as parishes in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Baltimore.   He has contributed longer than nine years to the Capuchin Spiritual tradition living in communities of contemplation and recollection.  There he has become a sought after spiritual guide, preacher, and retreat director.  
Brother Walt Robb has deep roots in the Butler, PA community where he was raised and in turn married and raised his family.  He has eight children and numerous grandchildren.  Following his wife's death, Walt entered the Capuchins.  Most of his time has been ministering in Cleveland,  as the director of a food pantry program.  Now in Pittsburgh, he is enjoying the prayer life of the community of recollection the Capuchins operate and, at 76 years old, continues serving those in need.
The Brothers will share the one position of Catholic Chaplain and and offer 10 hours of ministry each week to the inmates and staff.

Experiencing HOPE's Pre-Release graduation ceremony
Attending one of HOPE Pre-Release's graduation ceremonies is a truly inspirational experience. Supported by a roomful of guests, graduates proudly and gratefully recount the eight-week program which focuses on such key themes as:
  • Addiction and recovery
  • Anger management
  • Confronting "stinking thinking"
  • Life skills
  • Parenting
  • Release and reintegration
  • Spiritual development 
Please consider attending an upcoming HOPE graduation ceremony. The next HOPE graduation ceremonies will take place on Wednesday, March 2 at 1 p.m. (Female graduation) and Friday, March 4 at 1 p.m. (Male graduation). If you're interested, contact Caitlin Werth, Director of the Pre-Release program, at Caitlin.werth@alleghenycounty.us or 412-350-1322. 

Interested in becoming a mentor?
The Foundation of HOPE continually has a strong need for male mentors. 
HOPE's mentoring component matches inmates and ex-offenders with mentors who can assist them on a one-on-one basis. Mentors maintain professional relationships with their mentees by visiting them in jail at least three times a month and maintaining the match for at least a year. Upon release, mentors and mentees are expected to meet weekly.
Continuing education classes on topics, such as eco-maps, criminal and addictive thinking patterns, and healthy boundaries, provide mentors with the tools necessary to maximize their effectiveness. On the outside, HOPE's weekly support groups provide a forum for ex-offenders and their supporters to share resources, network, and address social, intellectual, vocational, spiritual, emotional, environmental, and physical needs.
Male inmates are waiting for male mentors, so please help HOPE put the MEN back into MENTORS. Spread the word that this is an opportunity for you, your friends and family (men and women) who have been asking questions about mentoring and looking for ways to serve to make a difference in someone's life. 

Need to attend a volunteer training session? Please note that the next Aftercare mentor training session will take place  Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m., at Shadyside Presbyterian Church. For information, please contact jraeford@foundationofhope.org

PittsburghGives right around the corner
Foundation of HOPE is grateful to be a part of this year's Day of Giving Day, on May 3, when charitable donations  can be made to support the good work that HOPE does.  If you missed Day of Giving in the past, please consider supporting Foundation of HOPE this year. It's easier than ever to make a difference!  For information: PittsburghGives.org
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