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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

$11,000+ Raised During Give Local Louisville

Thanks to all the generous donors who supported Prodigal Ministries during Give Local Louisville on October 1. Prodigal raised $10,955 during the 24-hour online-only event, hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville.

In addition, Prodigal will receive $1,000 from the Swope Foundation, which is donating $1,000 to each of the 362 participating charities. Prodigal also will receive funds from the proportionate match pool. Those matching funds will be determined by November 15th.

“It was our ‘rookie’ season as part of this effort, and the donations to Prodigal surpassed our goals,” said Jennifer Partin, executive director. “We are blessed to have a great base of support in the Louisville community and are looking forward to participating again next year.”


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 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.

Shopping at Kroger can benefit Prodigal!

If you shop at Kroger and you have a Kroger Plus Card, please take a few minutes and select Prodigal Ministries as your Community Rewards Program. After you follow the few simple steps below, Kroger will make quarterly donations to Prodigal and you will help us raise money. It’s that simple!


  • Have your Kroger Plus Card handy
  • Go to
  • Most people are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY
  • Create your account, then check your email to confirm the new account
  • Click Sign in and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number [Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.]
  • Update and confirm your information, then search for Prodigal Ministries
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page

Remember to swipe your card or enter your phone number each time you shop so your purchase will count towards the community rewards program to benefit Prodigal. Thank you for your time and your donation!

2015 Golf Scramble — Showers of Blessings!

The early morning rain didn’t keep golfers from the greens for the 2015 Prodigal Ministries Golf Scramble held at Audubon Country Club on June 8th. Special thanks to corporate sponsors BROWN-FORMAN CORPORATION and STOCK YARDS BANK & TRUST; bronze sponsor SEILLER WATERMAN LLC; and hole sponsor BACHMAN AUTO GROUP.

Thank you to everyone who participated — sponsors, golfers and volunteers. Your support enables Prodigal Ministries to share the transformative power of God’s love with men and women just out of prison, providing housing, counseling and support services to help them successfully transition back into the community and avoid a return to prison.

Special thanks to Jack Shea, chairman of the golf scramble planning committee!

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June 8 – Golf Scramble

Join us Monday, June 8, 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 pm.

The memorial event is sponsored by Brown-Forman and Stock Yards Bank & Trust.  If you don’t golf, but would like to participate, you can sponsor a hole.

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.