Christmas in September

Former All-American Quarterback & Auburn University Recruit
Shares His Story of Opportunities Lost and Purpose Found

 (LOUISVILLE, KY – June 8, 2017) —   A promising football career for an All-American high school quarterback from Northern Kentucky was sidelined by drug and alcohol addiction. Zeke Pike will tell his story of the opportunities he has lost, as well as the purpose he has found as a result of his addiction  at the 10th Annual Christmas in September Dinner on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at the Seelbach Hilton.

In 2012, Pike was a five-star quarterback recruit for Auburn University, poised to start his freshman year. However, he left Auburn abruptly following an arrest for public intoxication.  He then had a fresh start with the University of Louisville, but was suspended from the football program there in 2013 after a DUI charge. Pike had yet another opportunity at a football when he was offered a scholarship in 2015 to play quarterback at Murray State, but another DUI arrest ended his career there. As his football dreams faded, Pike dove deeper into his addiction, and at one point considered ending his life.

A timely arrest on the night he planned to commit suicide resulted in four felony charges and six months in jail. During his time in the Marion County Detention Center, Pike renewed his relationship with God and ended up writing sermons and bible studies that he shared with fellow inmates.

That, says Pike, gave him a new purpose in life and he founded Number 8 Ministries. Pike now travels to schools in Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama, sharing his story of addiction, redemption and motivation.

“Zeke’s story shines a light on the toll exacted by addiction, and the struggle that many of our clients face,” said Tony Ford, Chairman of the Board for Prodigal Ministries.  Proceeds from Christmas in September benefit the organization, which serves men and women inmates upon their release, helping them to avoid a return to prison.

“Prodigal Ministries gives hope to newly-released men & women, providing critical support such as housing, job training, and counseling that significantly increase their chances of not returning to prison,” said Jennifer Partin, Executive Director of Prodigal Ministries.

“The first 90 days are crucial. With no housing, no job prospects and no income source, many of these men & women are simply overwhelmed and fall back into old patterns that result in a return to prison. Of those that return to prison, a majority – nearly 85% – will reoffend within 30 days of release,” explained Partin.

The support services the organization provides have helped Prodigal Ministries to achieve a significantly reduced return-to-prison rate for its clients, compared to state and national rates.

Christmas in September will be held Thursday, September 7, at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville. Holiday attire is suggested. Tickets are $175 each, with tables of 10 at $1,750. For tickets, contact reservations@ProdigalKy.org or 502-222-2389.

Sponsors include Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company, Brown-Forman, East and Westbrook Construction, Volare Italian Ristorante, Tafel Motors, Today’s Woman and Louisville Public Media.

For more information, visit www.ProdigalKY.org.

Prodigal Receives $10,000 Women 4 Women Grant

Prodigal Ministries was one of 10 local organizations to receive a grant from Women 4 Women. The $10,000 grant will be used to fund counseling services for the women we serve.

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Celebrating it’s 25th anniversary, Women 4 Women improves the lives of women and girls in Metro Louisville through education, advocacy and grants to enable self-sufficiency. Women 4 Women is the only organization in the community solely focused on the needs of women and girls.

Read the announcement that appeared in Today’s Woman.

Christmas is closer than you think!

It’s not too soon to make your list. Plan now to attend the annual Prodigal Ministries Christmas in September. The event will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the historic Seelbach Hotel.

Imagine you have just been released from prison with nowhere to turn. You have no home to go to, no job waiting for you, and no family willing to offer shelter and support. You can turn to Prodigal Ministries. Prodigal offers four transitional living homes in the Louisville area – three for men (two on Oak Street in Old Louisville and one in Buckner) and one for women (in Crestwood). These facilities offer hope and a chance to start over. Staff and volunteers provide stability and support to former prisoners, helping them develop community living skills and accountability they need to redirect their lives and become productive citizens. Not only does reducing the rate of former inmates returning to prison save the Commonwealth of Kentucky money, but it restores these individuals to a place in society.

The main annual fund-raiser to make all of this possible is Christmas in September (CIS). The proceeds raised from the evening accounts for over 25% of the annual Prodigal Ministries budget.  The program for the evening includes appetizers and a silent auction, dinner and a speaker, and the live auction Sponsor a Client.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or purchasing a table of 10 or individual tickets, please contact Steve Skaggs, program chair, at  (502) 777-6433.

 

12th Annual Robinson S. Brown, Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble

The 12th Annual Robinson S. Brown, Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble was a success once again and we want to thank all the sponsors and participants for their generous donations.

Barbara LaMaster Sponsor
Hyland Block & Hyland Sponsor

Baxter Corner Sponsor
Sherwin-Williams Sponsor
Intex Systems Sponsor

Hunt Properties Sponsor
Valley Interior Productions, Sponsor
United Rentals, Sponsor
Ted Schultz Golf Academy, Sponsor
Our Savior Lutheran, Sponsor
John D. Rees Correctional Consultant, Sponsor
Hyland Block and Hyland, Sponsor
Hunt Properties, Sponsor

Bluegrass Hydronics and Pump LLC, Sponsor
Baxters Corner and Southeast Christian Church, Sponsors

 

 

Prodigal partners with American Printing House for the Blind

The Louisville-based American Printing House for the Blind (APH), in response to a rising demand for Braille, has a program to employee ex-convicts who have been trained in the code while in prison.

Prodigal has partnered with APH to provide re-entry support in the form of housing and services to ex-inmates who become employees of the program upon their release and arrival in Louisville.

“The nonprofit company (APH), located on Frankfort Avenue, offers $14.25 an hour and other re-entry support to several ex-convicts so that they could use the skills they learned in prison trade programs and help the nonprofit — the official federal supplier of books to blind students — keep up with demand. These former inmates are selected from more than 30 nationwide prison Braille programs, which create textbooks for students in their state.”

Click here to read a Courier-Journal article about the program.

 

Tickets Available Now for Annual Christmas in September Dinner

The  9th Annual Christmas in September Fashion Event & Dinner will be held Thursday, September 8, 2016, at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville, beginning at 5:30 pm.

Sponsored by Stock Yards Bank & Trust, the annual event is held to raise funds for Prodigal Ministries, Inc., a Louisville agency that serves men and women inmates upon their release, helping them to avoid prison return.

“Prodigal Ministries gives hope to newly-released men & women, providing critical support such as housing, job training, and counseling that significantly increase their chances of not returning to prison,” said Jennifer Partin, Executive Director of Prodigal Ministries.

“The first 90 days are crucial. With no housing, no job prospects and no income source, many of these men & women are simply overwhelmed and fall back into old patterns that result in a return to prison. Of those that return to prison, a majority – nearly 85% – will reoffend within 30 days of release,” explained Partin.

The support services the organization provides have helped Prodigal Ministries to achieve a significantly reduced return-to-prison rate for its clients, compared to state and national rates.

The event will be held Thursday, September 8, at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville in downtown Louisville. Tickets are $175 each, with tables of 10 at $1,750.  Holiday attire is suggested.

For tickets, please send an email with your contact information to reservations@ProdigalKy.org, or call 502-386-1473.