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.
Clare of Assisi House is a 501(c)3, non-profit 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, as well as 12-step addiction recovery support. 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.
Local Church Networking
Life Skills Training
“…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
Our Founder & Director
Robin Ball has an M.S. in Pastoral Care and Counseling and is board certified with the National Board for Certified Counselors. She has experience in a variety of therapeutic modalities and is presently doing post-graduate studies in Spiritual Direction. Mrs. Ball is also an Associate with the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia. She was inspired to this work while enrolled in Neumann University’s four-year Pastoral Counseling program.
“It was there that I realized my ministry calling: to become a spiritual midwife to women reentering society after being imprisoned.”
Clare of Assisi House has established strategic partnerships with the following individuals and organizations:
Coming Soon! Stay tuned for our Grand Opening Reception
On November 6, 2016 Clare of Assisi House held its third annual Gala. This fundraising event was very successful. Our guests enjoyed a delicious dinner, “Balloon Poppers” where everyone purchasing a balloon receives a prize, a silent auction, and a live auctioneer. Donations were received from local business’ and individuals. Our Keynote speaker, Sr. Kathy Dougherty outlined her experiences as a prison Chaplin and reiterated the reasons for the need of Clare of Assisi House in Berks County. Her presentation was outstanding!
Following Kathy, a returning female citizen gave testimony about her journey, and her struggle with addiction, prostitution, and arrest. She spoke about the effects these experiences have had on her life and how healing is being birthed in her in and through her relationship with Jesus Christ. She is clean and sober now for several years, has stable income, and raising a young child.
Other highlights of the evening came when individuals and groups were recognized for their outstanding contributions to Clare of Assisi House. This year the “Spirit of Giving” award was presented to the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia including Sr. Eileen Doherty OSF Associate Director and Sr. Kathleen McMullin, OSF Program Director. An award was also presented to Sr. Clare Chabot, a Bernadine Franciscan, and Vice President of the Board of Directors, for her outstanding contributions and work on our fundraising events.
On December 28th, we signed the lease for Clare of Assisi House. A walk through the building was a reality check about how much work needs to be done before we can open our doors. We project it will take us a few months to clean and renovate our new home. Only time will tell.
We will rely on many volunteers to help us accomplish this task. If anyone feels they can volunteer, please contact us at 610-401-6232.
We are extremely grateful for the fidelity and funding of our supporters and the community. May each of you be richly blessed.