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.

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.”

 

Support Prodigal on Oct 1 through Give Local Louisville

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Community Foundation of Louisville will host the second Give Local Louisville. This 24-hour, online “Give Day” will support local nonprofit organizations doing great work in our own backyard.Logo Give Local Louisville - 150

Prodigal Ministries is participating for the first time this year. We need your help to make this day a success! To participate, plan to visit GoLocalLouisville.org anytime between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2015, to make an online contribution.

Give Local Louisville is an opportunity for people to support local causes they care about and to turn their collective generosity into impact for our community.  For one day, every dollar given to local nonprofits will be augmented through proportionate match and prize dollars contributed by the Community Foundation of Louisville; its supporting partners LG&E and KU Energy, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kentucky, Delta Dental of Kentucky; Sam Swope Auto Group; and a generous anonymous foundation.

Online credit card giving will take place here from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on October 1st. Donors who wish to use their Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund or Charitable Checking Fund may do so by submitting a grant request through the Community Foundation of Louisville  no later than 3:00 p.m. on September 25.  Restrictions apply. 

Come on, Louisville! Show us your generosity!

Inaugural Season for Prodigal Sons Softball Team, sponsored by New Century Plumbing

The hot, humid summer evening envelops the Oldham County Parks and Recreation Field.  The field is ready, and the teams have warmed up when the umpire says “Play ball!”  Over the fence in left centerfield you see another fence in the distance – a fence with barbed wire on top and a guard tower and you realize this is not a normal game.  This game matches a team of inmates from the Roederer Correctional Complex (RCC) with a team called Prodigal Sons.  Some of the Prodigal Sons had once played for the other team, and the closeness is not lost on them.  They want to win this game versus their former team.

This year marks the inaugural season for the Prodigal Sons team. Team members include Prodigal Ministries clients from the Wright House and the Oak Street East House. Other team members are from New Century Plumbing of LaGrange, which sponsors the team this season.    Gloves and bats are provided to team members by Wilson (formerly Louisville Slugger).  Reflex Graphics, owned and operated by one of the Tuesday night Bible study volunteers at the Oak Street house, provided the hats and shirts.  These generous sponsors allow for the Prodigal residents to interact in a positive environment with community members – participating in a team setting lets them enjoy the camaraderie that goes along with a sports team.

Though not successful on the scoreboard for Prodigal Sons this evening, this is a game with much more meaning than the outcome on the field.  Some of the Roederer team members are participating in The Bridge program, which is a typical experience many Prodigal residents have prior to their release from prison.  One of the players from the RCC team will soon be released and become a resident at Prodigal, and his skills on the field would be a welcome addition to the Prodigal Sons team.  All of the players from both teams join hands in the infield following the game for a prayer.  There really are no losers in this game, as everyone comes together as the body of Christ – free and incarcerated, white and black, young and not so young, it makes no difference.  The sun shines brightly on both teams and for that hour the game lasts they are all free to enjoy the game.

Following the game, some of the Prodigal Ministries board members in attendance meet with the team and provide some well-earned Gatorade.  As they talk, the other team loads onto their bus for the short journey to the fence beyond left field, to their current home at RCC. With God’s guidance, hopefully these men will become players for Prodigal Sons in the near future.