Building Hope is a mentoring program created to assist returning citizens in becoming constructive, contributing members in the community. Through Building Hope a community member will be matched with an inmate to begin meeting weekly at the Centre County Correctional Facility while the participant is incarcerated. The pair will continue to meet in public locations upon the release of the participant in a similar role to a sponsor from Alcoholics Anonymous or a big from Big Brothers/Big Sisters. A mentor is a caring, responsible adult volunteer, who serves as a positive role model and guide to a returning citizen. They help to ensure that the participant develops important life skills, is exposed to new opportunities, and a wide array of resources. Our hope is to establish trusting relationships with accountability and responsibility by both parties working together to foster positive life choices.
Mentors are community members who are willing to invest in the lives of others. Each Mentor will be matched with one participant while the Participant is still incarcerated and continue meeting weekly once the participant is released from the Centre County Correctional Facility
Participants are local individuals who are or have been incarcerated at the Centre County Correctional Facility. At the time the match is made the Participant will be up to 90 days pre-release. They will begin meeting weekly with their Mentor at the facility and continue meeting in the community once released.
The Mentor Coordinators are here to offer support to both the Mentors and the Participants as they begin to build relationships with each other. Mentor Coordinators will check in regularly to make sure matches are feeling safe and confident, meeting up consistently, and to offer resources and ideas.