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Great Day Live Interview with Dr. Noelle Hunter

Dr. Noelle Hunter, recently- appointed Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, was a guest on WHAS11’s Great Day Live where she told her powerful story of redemption from addiction.

Click here to watch the interview.

Dr. Hunter will share her story of recovery and redemption at the 9th Annual Christmas in September Fashion Event & Dinner.  Sponsored by Stock Yards Bank & Trust, the event will be held Thursday, September 8, 2016, at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville, beginning at 5:30 pm.

KY Highway Safety Director to Share Story of Restoration

Dr. Noelle Hunter, recently- appointed Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, will share her story of recovery and redemption at the 9th Annual Christmas in September Fashion Event & Dinner.  Sponsored by Stock Yards Bank & Trust, the event will be held Thursday, September 8, 2016, at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville, beginning at 5:30 pm.

Dr. Noelle Hunter In her new position, Dr. Hunter is responsible for improving traffic safety on Kentucky’s roadways. Prior to joining the KYTC, Hunter was the Director of College Readiness at Morehead State University. During her decade in higher education, Hunter also served as a professor at West Virginia University and West Virginia Wesleyan University.

Her journey to the state office was nearly derailed by a 2007 charge involving cocaine use. But she participated in a drug treatment program and the charge was later expunged.

“I’m an example of how a community can believe in someone and how that belief can restore a person,” Dr. Hunter has said.

“Dr. Hunter struggled with and overcame the same addiction that many of our clients deal with,” said Tony Ford, Chairman of the Board for Prodigal Ministries. Proceeds from Christmas in September go to the 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.

Christmas in September will be held Thursday, September 8, 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 502-386-1473.

The Corporate Sponsor is Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company; Gold Sponsor is Canaan Christian Church; cocktail reception sponsors are: Brown-Forman and Volare Italian Ristorante ; valet parking is sponsored by Tafel Motors; and media sponsors are Today’s Woman and Louisville Public Media.

For more information, visit www.ProdigalKY.org.

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

$15,000 Women 4 Women Grant Funds Counseling

Thanks to a generous $15,000 grant from Women 4 Women, Prodigal Ministries is able to provide counseling services for our women residents at the McCauley House.

At Prodigal, we help our clients work through complex emotional issues that often lead to a return to prison if not addressed. Most of our clients have been physically and sexually abused, abandoned, and involved in substance abuse. The majority were raised by single mothers, lived in foster care or detention centers. Prison has added another layer of dysfunction to their lives, resulting in emotionally scarred adults.

Women 4 Women and its donors improve the lives of women and girls in Metro Louisville through education, advocacy and fundraising for focused grantmaking in four key areas that enable self-sufficiency. Women 4 Women is the only organization in the community solely focused on the needs of women and girls because we know that improving the lives of women and girls raises entire communities.

For more information about how Women 4 Women is improving the lives of women and girls in Metro Louisville, visit www.w4w.org.