MENTORING: “Faith in Action”

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Tuesday - March 27, 2012.

Why Community Outreach Is Vital
  • About 450 offenders are released every month from Lancaster County Prison and return to our local communities.  In addition, roughly 500 formerly incarcerated persons come back annually to Lancaster County from state prisons.
  • Mentoring is an integral part of beginning better lives.   Mentors give guidance and demonstrate healthy, trusting relationships in the quest to help offenders navigate the many challenges and opportunities they will face.
  • The Lancaster County Re-Entry Management Organization is partnering with Justice & Mercy and Highland Presbyterian Church to offer a new mentoring program, which has been established to facilitate offenders' readjustment to society.

You can demonstrate your own "Faith in Action" by becoming a Community Mentor.

Training Opportunity

Receive a thorough mentoring education on such topics as:

  • Roles and goals of mentors
  • Communication skills
  • Boundaries
  • Understanding ex-offenders
  • Resources available to help

This is an 8 week training by a skilled instructor, and includes special relevant presentations by experts in their fields.

This program is not church-affiliated - All faiths are welcome.  

DATES: May 10 until June 28, 2012

TIME: Every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.

LOCATION: Highland Presbyterian Church, off Oregon Pike, Lancaster.

For more information, please contact Jean Bickmire at Justice & Mercy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 717-808-9004.

Last day to register is May 3, 2012

About the Author

Melanie G. Snyder

Melanie G. Snyder

Melanie G. Snyder serves as the Executive Director of the Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO). She was a featured TEDx speaker at the first-ever TEDx event in Lancaster.  http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Breaking-out-of-prison-thinking 

She is an NIC-certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist, a certified Global Career Development Facilitator, and a certified instructor for the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Healing Communities model. She is also a trained restorative justice mediator.

Prior to Melanie's involvement with the RMO, she spent several years researching and writing the book Grace Goes to Prison: An Inspiring Story of Hope and Humanity (Brethren Press, 2009), which tells the true story of a woman who volunteered in Pennsylvania's state prisons for over 30 years, creating inmate education and reentry programs based on principles of restorative justice. After Grace Goes to Prison was published, Melanie traveled throughout the United States, doing speaking engagements and meeting with other reentry and restorative justice professionals to discuss criminal justice issues and exchange information and ideas.