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, or call 502-386-1473.

11th Annual Golf Scramble – June 13th

It must be spring when sign-ups begin for Prodigal Ministries’ annual golf event.

The 11th Annual Robinson S. Brown, Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble will be held Monday, June 13, 2016, at Audubon Country Club. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. with a light lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.  An awards ceremony and dinner will be held at 4:30 p.m.

This memorial fundraising event is sponsored by Brown-Forman Corporation and Stock Yards Bank & Trust for the benefit of Prodigal Ministries and its clients.

Additional sponsor opportunities are available, including hole sponsorships at $200.

The fee is $1,000 per team of four, or $250 per person. Click here for a registration form to download. Completed forms should be returned to:

Prodigal Ministries, Inc.
c/o June Golf
P.O. Box 1484
Crestwood, KY  40014


Sign up and come out for a fun and relaxing day of golf! We’ll see you on the 13th.

Sponsorships Available for 2016 Golf Scramble

Great impressions are par for the course with a 2016 Prodigal Ministries golf scramble sponsorship!  From registration and lunch, through 18 holes of golf, to a an awards ceremony and dinner, your company or organization can reach community and business leaders participating in our annual event.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for the 11th annual Robinson S. Brown, Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble to benefit Prodigal Ministries. The event will be held Monday, June 13, at Audubon Country Club.

Contact Cindy Grave Case or Jennifer Partin at Prodigal Ministries, 502-222-2389, for details.

A little Goodwill goes a long way

We have all seen the public service announcements on television or heard the spots on the radio. “Donate your used car to Goodwill – it can help someone who needs transportation.” Most of us probably did not give it much thought, not realizing the kind of impact transportation can make for a person who really needs it.

Jamie Hacker Kemper, a resident of Prodigal Minstries’ McCauley House in Crestwood, was one such person. Most Prodigal clients do not have transportation when they re-enter society. Being able to afford a reliable car is on the agenda for many of them.

Jamie is the first Prodigal recipient of a car through the Goodwill Cars to Work program. So just what is the program? An individual donates a vehicle to Goodwill, and they have a mechanic thoroughly inspect the vehicle and repair anything wrong with it. Once a vehicle is ready, Goodwill works with referring agencies to find a candidate for the available vehicle. Pat Blandford, program director for Prodigal Ministries, worked with Jamie to prepare the application and budget statement that Goodwill reviews. Once the determination is made to approve the applicant, a 24-month payment plan is developed, with a monthly payment in the range of $150-275 per month. Interest paid during the 2-year life of the “loan” is re-paid to the new vehicle owner if payments are made on time. In addition, there is a roadside warranty on the vehicle while the payments are being made.

As you can see from the picture, Jamie is as proud of her new ride as we are of her. Hopefully this will not be the only time Prodigal and Goodwill can work together on this program. So if you have a reliable used car you do not want to just give away to a car dealership in trade, please consider supporting the Cars to Work initiative.

Jamie Hacker Kemper in her new car

Canaan Christian Church — $5,000 sponsorship

Prodigal Ministries welcomed Canaan Christian Church as Gold Sponsor of the annual Christmas In September Event held September 10th.

“We are so grateful for the support of Canaan Christian, and the enthusiastic involvement of Pastor and Mrs. Malone,” said Jennifer Partin, executive director of Prodigal.

“With our faith-centered mission, the support of area churches is an essential element of our programs,” Partin explained.  “In addition to funds for our programs, our church partners volunteer to lead bible studies at the transitional living houses, serve as mentors to our clients, and provide encouragement.”