1. Childcare Resources
2. Clothing Resources
3. Community Shelter Resources
4. Counseling and Support Groups
5. Education and Job Services for Adults
6. Food Pantries and Resources
8. Housing Support
9. Mentorship for Adults
10. Mentorship for Children
11. Reentry Programs
12. Recovery Resources
13. Resources for Baby Items
To our generous donors,
Thank you for your contributions to our organization last year! We had an extremely successful Extraordinary Give in 2020 with over $10,000 in donations! We could not have done it without your help. With these funds, we were able to provide so much more support for children of incarcerated parents.
As a result of this success, we were able to create and fund a part-time Community Liaison position whose focus is on public education and connecting with the community to advocate and provide resources. Having someone in this position has allowed us to reach out to schools and other community agencies to make them aware of the unique experiences of children with incarcerated parents.
This year, we have researched and systematically assessed children’s picture books and curated a collection that we are providing to the community. It is so important for children affected by parental incarceration to recognize that they are not alone, and to have representation in this way. We are currently working on getting this collection into the elementary guidance department of each school district in Lancaster County, and anywhere else they may be beneficial. Currently, we are reviewing books geared towards slightly older children.
We have also worked with the Family Services Advocate at Compass Mark to create activity kits for elementary-aged children who receive their services. Each kit contains one of the children’s books mentioned above, letter-writing materials to stay connected with their incarcerated parent (notebook, stamps, envelopes, pencils), worksheets that focus on coping mechanisms and empowerment, and literature about our program.
Your donations have also allowed us to budget funds to cover the cost of childcare programs for families who may have been impacted financially by incarceration. One child was able to attend a basketball camp at Spooky Nook over the summer, paid for with these funds. Camps filled up quickly this summer, so we are hoping to expand this even further in the upcoming year.
We appreciate your support, and so do the children we serve! We hope that you will choose to support them again this year.
The Ambassadors for Hope Board
When a parent goes to prison, the child’s life changes forever!
Ambassadors for Hope is the only organization in Lancaster County with the sole function of supporting children as soon as the parent is incarcerated. As a result of the advocacy of Ambassadors for Hope, a fulltime caseworker is available to identify resources to address guardianship issues, medical insurance for the child, financial assistance or food stamps, and other immediate needs.
Ambassadors for Hope looks for ways to involve the child in positive activities by subsidizing before and after school childcare and day camps when needed. We supply age-appropriate books for children and resources for caregivers to help them understand and navigate the criminal justice system. We encourage and facilitate letter writing in order to foster close family contact, which research shows makes it less likely the parent will reoffend.
Ambassadors For Hope will be the premier advocate on behalf of children of incarcerated parents and their families.
AFH identifies needs and advocates solutions for the children of incarcerated parents by:
The Ambassadors for Hope is a community benefit network of agencies and faith based institutions whose sole purpose is strengthening families impacted by incarceration in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Our Mission is to provide information about resources available to strengthen families impacted by incarceration. As a community benefit organization, comprised of various network participants, we value a positive attitude, listening, advocating, educating, networking, and passion to serve children with a parent in prison.
We are committed to the children, caregivers, families, and communities affected by the issue of a parent being incarcerated.
We are a voice for the 1000 children in Lancaster County who have a parent in prison and often go unnoticed.
We are committed to ending the cycle of crime which affects our community by providing these children, and their caregivers, with the necessary resources to empower communities to be the change they wish to see.
Ambassadors for Hope:
Serving Children with a Parent in Prison
Ambassadors for Hope Advisory Council
Amy Marenick, Chair
Mary Glazier, Vice-chair
Bob Cooper, Treasurer
Jen Strasenburgh, Secretary
Christina Pfau Laney
We meet the fourth Friday of each month.