RMO Success Story: The Heart of a Man

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Friday - May 18, 2012.

After two heart attacks in three months, Lancaster resident, Edward*, was diagnosed with "a bad heart." His doctor told him he needed to stop working, as the strain on his heart could kill him. It was a shock and a devastating blow to the broad-shouldered, muscular 42 year-old former athlete, who has worked steadily since his teen years.

"It's pretty ironic," observed Doug Hopwood, Director of the Transitional Living Center, "because Edward is one of the most genuinely GOOD-hearted people I know, in the non-medical sense of the word. He's incredibly positive and he's doing the right things . . ."

EEOC issues new rules for employers' use of criminal records in employment decisions

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Friday - May 18, 2012.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued new rules for how employers may use information about criminal records of applicants and employees when making employment decisions. The EEOC's new "enforcement guidance" document indicates that blanket employment policies that automatically exclude anyone with a criminal record violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Employers can continue to conduct criminal background checks, but the new EEOC guidance document spells out important differences between arrest records and conviction records, how employers need to consider each, and urges employers to establish policies based on individual assessment and consideration rather than blanket policies.

A press release summarizing the new EEOC rules is here:


A Q&A document from the EEOC on the new guidance is here:


And the full Enforcement Guidance document is here:


May 10, 2012 - Healing Communities Training for Clergy, Lay Leaders

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - April 26, 2012.


The "Healing Communities" framework is a proven national model for engaging congregations in restoration and healing of individuals and families torn apart by crime, whether committed against a member of the congregation or committed by a member of the congregation.

Building a Healing Community in your congregation can lead to transformation of hearts and minds and the building of relationships that support people. It isn't focused on creating a program but developing a ministry of formal and informal support, volunteer service, networking and advocacy, all drawing from the belief systems and unique strengths of the faith community: acceptance, compassion, forgiveness, redemption and restoration.

July 20, 2012 Children of Incarcerated Parents Awareness Conference

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Wednesday - April 11, 2012.

Laura Kaeppeler, reigning Miss America 2012, understands the importance of helping children of incarcerated parents because her father served time in prison during her teen years.

Now as Miss America, her platform comes from her personal experience. Ms. Kaeppeler's vision is to help children build stronger relationships with their parents through mentoring programs established for children who have a parent in prison.

And she is coming to Lancaster to share her message, when she will be the Keynote Speaker at Lancaster's 2012 Children of Incarcerated Parents Awareness Conference, sponsored by KON-NECTINGSERVICES, INC. and co-sponsored by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.