Committed to reforming and improving the conditions of the nation’s prison system, Maud Ballington Booth, co-founder of Volunteers of America, opened the nation’s first “Hope Halls” in the late-nineteenth century. Designed to be recuperative settings for individuals recently released from prison, Hope Halls were residential programs which assisted thousands in their transition back to community life.
Volunteers of America Delaware Valley’s Hope Hall, opened in 1999, is both a tribute to and continuation of our founders’ commitment to providing reentry services to individuals impacted by incarceration. Accredited by the American Correctional Association and contracted by the New Jersey Department of Corrections, Hope Hall is a 175-bed residential community release program for adult males who are within 24 months of parole eligibility. Residents of Hope Hall are provided with:
- 24-hour Staff Support
- Individualized Case Management and Discharge Planning
- Job Coaching, Job Readiness and Employment Support
- Cognitive Skills Training
- Substance Abuse Treatment and Relapse Prevention
- Emotions Management
Our mission-driven staff, evidence-based programming, and agency-wide commitment to providing the community-based supports needed for individuals to live independent, self-fulfilled lives have contributed to the successful reentry of thousands of individuals since Hope Hall first opened its doors. Between January 2015 and January 2018, more than 800 individuals have been admitted to Hope Hall: with the guidance of dedicated staff, more than 600 residents have obtained community-based employment and more than 100 have entered post-secondary education.
Location: 676 Fairview Street, Camden, NJ
Contact: (856) 963-6166
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Hope Hall was opened the same year New Jersey's prison population reached its peak as a result of mass incarceration. In 1999, there were 31,493 men and women incarcerated in NJ Prisons. As of January 2019, there were 19,313 men and women incarcerated: a 38.9% decrease!