Our mission is to provide transitional residential services and life skills training for non-violent women with a history of domestic violence, substance abuse and/or prostitution who are coming out of prison and are in need of an environment which will encourage and support each resident in their attempts toward self-sufficiency and independent living in the community-at-large.
Toiletries (Absolutely NO Products That Contain Alcohol.)
Blow Dryers (Hair)
Nail Polish Remover Pads (Only)
Toothpaste and Toothbrushes (soft)
Band-aids (all sizes)
Hand Soap and Refill
Hand Towels (Bathroom on 2nd floor is Blue – Bathroom on 3rd floor is Green)
2 Bathroom Rug Floor mats (3rd floor – For stepping out of the shower- Bathroom is green)
4 Bathroom Rug Floor mats (2nd floor – For stepping out of the shower bathroom color is Blue)
3 Georgia Pacific Softpull Automatic Towel Dispenser – $24.35 on Amazon.com
Clare of Assisi House is a 501(c)3, non-profit transitional housing organization providing female ex-offenders a fully staffed program that includes a simple but comfortable space to live temporarily as well as the following opportunities: life skills training, parenting training, educational opportunities, employment counseling, personal counseling, Bible study, local church networking. We also have a 12-step addiction recovery support available. In addition, we attempt to address the greater social justice issues that stem from self defeating attitudes and behaviors that can lead to the breakdown and destruction of the family unit and negatively impact on society at large.
Addiction Recovery Local Church Networking Bible Study Personal Counseling Employment Counseling – Resume writing, interviewing techniques, and dressing for success. Educational Opportunities – Each resident receives support and encouragement as she completes her GED and earns college credit. Parenting Training – Nurturing parenting program. Life Skills Training – Each resident learns how to plan and prepare meals, maintain a home, and develops healthy decision making skills to succeed independently. Housing – Clare House Shelter staff and volunteers assist residents in navigating the local housing market and securing future housing.
“…we believe in each person’s right to be afforded respect…”
Clare of Assisi House holds the belief that everyone should be treated with dignity, therefore, we believe in each person’s right to be afforded respect regardless of one’s status in life, sexual orientation, race, religious affiliation, national origin, economic state, disability, culture, or personal customs.
Because we value the potential of each individual, we encourage our residents to go beyond perceived personal limitations and to develop one’s own unique abilities. We do that by assisting our residents in seeing viable possibilities for their future, helping them in all stages of their personal growth and being supportive of the steps taken that can transform each resident into a responsible citizen.
Board of Directors
Robin Ball, MS Pastoral Counselor and Spiritual Director
Sr. Clare Chabot Director of Ministry Bernadine Sisters
Sharon L Gruber Retired, Sales
Mike McCool CFO For Hire, LLC
Dr. Brenda Russell, PhD Faculty and Director Psychology
Michelle R. Mayfield, Esq.
Rev. Thomas Kuller, SSJ
Robin Ball, R.N., MS Executive Director
Robin Ball, President of the Board of Directors also serves as Executive Director of Clare of Assisi House and is solely responsible for its establishment and operations. The Executive Director is responsible for keeping the Board of Directors and Officers informed concerning the affairs and activities of the Clare of Assisi House. The Executive Director is also responsible for overseeing program and operations management, administration, and human resources. Robin has an M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Neumann University, and is Board certified. She earned a B.S. cum Laude in Organizational Business Management from Cabrini College. She has a certification as a Clinical Research Associate from Villanova University and received her R.N. with the State of Pennsylvania from Roxborough Memorial Hospital. Her Certification as a Clinical Research Associate from Villanova University, led to a career at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, where she was a Principle Clinical Data Scientist. She has also been a recipient of a Clinical Excellence Award for success in leadership and management. During her graduate studies, Robin realized her call to ministry and ended her career at GlaxoSmithKline. She interned at Family Guidance Counseling Center working with diverse populations, and has been a religious volunteer at the Berks County prison for several years. While volunteering at Berks County Prison system, Robin recognized the dire need for transitional housing for women ex-offenders re-entering the community. Robin began actively planning for Clare of Assisi House in 2013.
Sister M. Eileen Doherty, OSF Assistant Director
Sister M. Eileen Doherty, is a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia and has been a Religious Visitor to the Berks County Jail for three years providing one-on-one spiritual direction and communion. Sr. Eileen earned a B.S. from Neumann University, and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Villanova University. She taught in elementary school for 13 years and was a principal for 16 years. As a principal she formed and worked with school boards, recruited, and trained faculty. Sr. Eileen has a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Penn Relationship Council of Philadelphia, and maintains a membership in National Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Sister has been an Ombudsman and a foster parent for 13 years. Presently, Sr. Eileen is a member of La Salle School Board, Senior Citizens Advisory Board of the Sisters of St Francis, a Mobile Therapist for Concern 4Kids., and Assistant Director of Clare of Assisi House. The Assistant Director is responsible for the performance of those duties that provide safety and security to the residents. She will work in conjunction with the social work staff to organize treatment goals focusing on clients’ medical, social, vocational, educational, and therapeutic needs. The Assistant Director is a key member of Clare of Assisi House leadership team and will be working collaboratively with the Director, Program Director, Development, Staff, and volunteers. The Assistant Director is responsible for overseeing program and operations management; administration; human resources; and assists in the evaluation of new and existing programs for appropriateness and in order to assess the need for change and improvement.
Sister Kathleen McMullin, OSF Program Director
Sister Kathleen McMullin, is a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia and has also been a Religious Visitor to the Berks County Jail for three years providing one-on-one spiritual direction and communion. Sister Kathleen earned a B.A. in English and certificates in Spiritual Direction and in Adult Faith Formation. She has ministered in elementary education, was Vocation Director for her congregation, served on the Provincial Leadership Council, and ministered as the Pastoral Associate and as a Pastoral Director in a small rural Church which included facilitating the needs of the Church community, and developing outreach programs to assist the county poor. In her ministry as a foster parent she worked with Concern Agency and Berks County Children and Youth Services. Presently, Sister Kathleen is the Program Director for Clare of Assisi House. The Program Director is a teacher, role model, advocate, and listener. In this role, she will work in conjunction with the social work staff and community partners to organize treatment goals focusing on clients’ medical, social, vocational, educational and therapeutic needs. The Program Director is also a key member of Clare of Assisi House leadership team and responsible for developing curriculum, tools, and training that meet cost effective guidelines.
Clare of Assisi House has established strategic partnerships with the following individuals and organizations: