Spirit of Prodigal Award Deadline – July 31

The deadline for nominations for the 2014 Spirit of Prodigal Awards has been extended to July 31, 2014. The Spirit of Prodigal Award recognizes individuals and organizations whose mission aligns with that of Prodigal Ministries.

2014 Spirit of Prodigal Award logoThe Spirit of Prodigal Award was established in 2012 to recognize individuals and organizations whose mission aligns with that of Prodigal Ministries. There is a common spirit among the people who walk side-by-side with ex-offenders on their journey to successfully reenter society. It is a spirit of compassion, faith and hope.  Our staff and volunteers have that spirit, and it is shared by others who have taken an active role in helping men and women start anew and avoid a return to prison.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Spirit of Prodigal Awards. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates compassion for the plight of ex-offenders and their quest to not re-offend.
  • Assists ex-offenders to rebuild relationships with their families and communities.
  • Is involved in the comprehensive effort to help men and women return to productive and independent living in the community.
  • Becomes a role model for this at-risk population.

Award recipients will be honored September 4, 2014 at Prodigal Ministries’ 7th Annual Christmas in September Fashion Event & Dinner.  The event will be held at Seelbach Hilton Louisville. The Christmas in September Fashion Event & Dinner is sponsored by Corporate Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank & Trust; Cocktail Sponsors: Brown-Forman and Volare Italian Ristorante; Valet Parking Sponsor: Blue Grass Motorsport; and Media Sponsors:  Today’s Woman and Louisville Public Media.

Click Here for a nomination form and submission details.  Or email requests and questions to mebs@mebspage.com.

Volunteers are Integral to Prodigal’s Mission

At the heart of Prodigal Ministries’ mission is the desire to share the grace and love we have received from God with those who are in desperate need of His grace and love.  Volunteers are an integral part of Prodigal Ministries, working on behalf of and walking alongside our clients.

There are numerous ways you can volunteer your time to help our clients; from providing transportation to church, medical appointments, parole officer meetings and grocery shopping, to leading bible studies, providing meals, and collecting household and hygiene items for clients.

SECC Workday at Wright House
Southeast Christian Church volunteers remove brush from fence row on workday at the Wright House in May.

One recent Saturday in May, a group of men from Southeast Christian Church’s Oldham campus (SECC), joined staff and clients for a workday at one of Prodigal’s residential homes, the Wright House in Buckner, Ky.  Led by Mark Cappo, the SECC volunteers power-washed the house and cleared brush from fence row and lot behind the house. They also organized and cleaned a Prodigal warehouse on the same property, and mowed the lawn.  The group took a break for a lunch of grilled burgers and hot dogs, cooked by the staff.

Immediate needs:

– a family or small group to bring a meal and perhaps join the men for Bible study at the Wright House on the 4th Tuesday of each month, beginning in August.

– twin-sized blankets (new, please)

If you or your organization are interested in learning more about volunteering with Prodigal Ministries, please contact Pat Blandford at 502-749-9194 or patprodigal@bellsouth.net.

 

 

Christmas in September Fashion Event & Dinner – Sept 4

The 7th Annual Christmas in September Fashion Event & Dinner to benefit Prodigal Ministries will be held Thursday, September 4, 2014, at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville, featuring:

  • Pat Day, Racing Hall of Fame Jockey — Guest Speaker
  • Terry Meiners & Rachel Platt, WHAS11’s Great Day Live — Co-Emcees
  • Free Valet Parking

The Christmas in September Event & Dinner is sponsored by Corporate Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank & Trust; Cocktail Sponsors: Brown-Forman and Volare Italian Ristorante; Valet Parking Sponsor: Blue Grass Motorsport; and Media Sponsors: Today’s Woman and Louisville Public Media.

Paying It Forward

What a blessing to see the fruits of of Prodigal labor at work.  We see it in the faces of former clients who return for visits with updates of their new homes, new jobs and new lives.  We also see it at work when our clients get together to help each other.

We saw it when a community client was in need of a roof on the house he now raises his son in. He was scheduled for surgery and knew that he would not be able to perform hard labor for a while.Paying It Forward - New Roof

In the spirit of “Paying It Forward,” some other community clients and the client’s AA family got together and decided to put that roof on. The Prodigal ladies got busy and provided hot dogs, chili, homemade cookies and soft drinks.

It was a great day and reminds us of why we do what we do.

Spirit of Prodigal Award Honors Prodigal’s Mission in Action

There is a common spirit among the people who walk side-by-side with ex-offenders on their journey to successfully reenter society. It is a spirit of compassion, faith and hope.  Our staff and volunteers have that spirit, and it is shared by others who have taken an active role in helping men and women start anew and avoid a return to prison. In 2012, the Spirit of Prodigal Award was established to recognize individuals and organizations whose mission aligns with that of Prodigal Ministries.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Spirit of Prodigal Awards.  Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates compassion for the plight of ex-offenders and their quest to not re-offend.
  • Assists ex-offenders to rebuild relationships with their families and communities.
  • Is involved in the comprehensive effort to help men and women return to productive and independent living in the community.
  • Becomes a role model for this at-risk population.

The deadline for nominations is July 14, 2014.  Click Here for a nomination form or email requests and questions to mebs@mebspage.com.

Award recipients will be honored September 4, 2014 at Prodigal Ministries’ 7th Annual Christmas in September.  The event will be held at Seelbach Hilton Louisville. Christmas in September is sponsored by Corporate Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank & Trust; Boutique Marketplace & Cocktail Sponsor: Brown-Forman; and Valet Parking Sponsor: Blue Grass Motorsport.

Annual Golf Scramble Set for June 9 at Audubon

With the advent of spring, we are busy planning for the 9th Annual Robinson S. Brown, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament. Join us Monday, June 9, at Audubon Country Club for a fun-filled day of golf while supporting the mission of Prodigal Ministries.

Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by a light lunch in the clubhouse. Then it’s out to the course for a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The day wraps up with an awards ceremony  and dinner at 4:30 p.m..

The memorial event is sponsored by Brown-Forman and Stock Yards Bank & Trust.  If you don’t golf, you can still help by sponsoring a hole or donating an item for our silent auction.

The entry fee, which includes lunch and dinner, is $250 per person or $1,000 for a team of four.  Call 502.749.9194 to register.

Many thanks to Jack Shea and his committee for coordinating this annual event. See you on the green!

Save the Date! 2014 Christmas in September

Mark your calendars. The 7th Annual Christmas in September Runway Fashion Show & Boutique to benefit Prodigal Ministries will be held Thursday, September 4, 2014, at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville, featuring:

  • Pat Day — Guest Speaker
  • Free Valet Parking

Get an early start on your holiday shopping at the pre-dinner boutique and silent auction.  Sponsors for the event are Stock Yards Bank & Trust, Brown-Forman and Blue Grass Motorsports. Media sponsors are Today’s Woman and Louisville Public Media.

Deadline for Nominations — July 14, 2014

The deadline for nominations for the 2014 Spirit of Prodigal Awards is July 14, 2014. The Spirit of Prodigal Award recognizes individuals and organizations whose mission aligns with that of Prodigal Ministries.

Award recipients will be honored September 4, 2014 at Prodigal Ministries’ 7th Annual Christmas in September.  The event will be held at Seelbach Hilton Louisville. Christmas in September is sponsored by Corporate Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank & Trust; Boutique Marketplace & Cocktail Sponsor: Brown-Forman; and Valet Parking Sponsor: Blue Grass Motorsport.

Click Here for a nomination form or email requests and questions to mebs@mebspage.com.

2014 Golf Scramble – June 9th

The 9th Annual Robinson S. Brown, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 9, at Audubon Country Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by a light lunch in the clubhouse. The tournament starts with a shotgun start 12:30 p.m., and wraps up with an awards ceremony and dinner at 4:30 p.m..

The entry fee, which includes lunch and dinner, is $250 per person or $1,000 for a team of four.  Call 502.749.9194 to register.

ManyThe memorial event is sponsored by Brown-Forman and Stock Yards Bank & Trust. 

Annual Christmas In September — September 4, 2014

You may be tired of the snow, but it’s not too soon to look ahead to the 2014 holiday season. The 7th Annual Christmas in September Runway Fashion Show & Boutique to benefit Prodigal Ministries will be held Thursday, September 4, 2014, at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville, featuring:

  • Pat Day, Guest Speaker
  • Free Valet Parking

The fashion show will feature the latest styles for women, men and children, and you can even get an early start on your holiday shopping at the pre-dinner boutique and silent auction.

Sponsors for the event are Stock Yards Bank & Trust, Brown-Forman and Blue Grass Motorsports. Media sponsors are Today’s Woman  and Louisville Public Media.