About Us

Administration:

Scott C. Johanson, Vice President, Human Resources & Compliance
Becky L. Ludwig, Vice President, Program Management
Paul A. Trunzo, Vice President, Administration
Douglas C. Williams, Chief Executive Officer

 

Renewal Inc., Renewal Treatment, Inc., GETPAID; Lydia's Place, Inc.
Board of Directors:

John R. Schmitt, Chairperson
Laura A. Maines, Vice Chairperson
Karen A. Shastri, Ph.D., C.P.A., Secretary
James E. Bolas, Treasurer

Thomas J. Bachman
Randy Castriota
Honorable Betty Esper
Ronald F. Flanders
Mary Anne Foley
Janie M. Harden Fritz, Ph. D.

Richard Labuskes
Herman M. Mitchell
Reginald T. Overton
Alex T.Powell,Jr.
Richard N. Rose
Saj Roy

Kimberly Slater-Wood

Irv Firman, Esquire (Legal Counsel & Non-voting member)

 

OUR HISTORY

back to top

Renewal, Inc. was incorporated in 1976 and in response to a court order limiting the number of inmates housed in the Allegheny County Jail. Renewal opened two 25-bed work release facilities for men offering alternative housing and rehabilitation services. These services later expanded throughout the state of Pennsylvania and Federal jurisdictions.

Since 1999, Renewal, Inc. has been an American Correctional Association (ACA) accredited agency. Our residential facilities are located in downtown Pittsburgh and are conveniently located near legal offices, the courts and public transportation.

Renewal Treatment, Inc. was first licensed in 2001 to provide drug and alcohol treatment services and has maintained the licensure in good standing since the inception of services. RTI was designed for individuals who have histories of addiction and mental health disorders. This program utilizes specific approaches that are designed to teach individuals how to avoid relapse and recidivism through the understanding of mental health issues, criminal thinking distortions and addictive behavior.

Programs and services for women were introduced in early 2006. At that time, Renewal contracted services with Lydia's Place, Inc., a non-profit that provides a continuum of care for women who have experienced incarceration and want to change their lives. Recognizing the invaluable synergies between Renewal and Lydia's Place, a formal affiliation was established in August 2011. This alliance enables both organizations to expand the quality and quantity of programs and services.

In October 2011, Renewal, Inc. introduced a new corporation "GETPAID". GETPAID is an acronym for: Gaining Employment Through Planning Advocacy Initiative & Dedication. The GETPAID program integrates successful elements of current employment readiness programming with contemporary best practices in employment reentry services. Renewal residents who have achieved certain criteria are selected to participate in this program. Upon successful completion, clients receive ongoing coaching, support and follow-up. Employers receive the benefits of a trained drug-free workforce, no payroll tax liabilities, tax credits, bonding protection, and on-site management.

MISSION, VISION, VALUES

back to top

Mission:

Renewal, Inc. is "dedicated to the renewal of individuals in the criminal justice system and to their return to society as responsible citizens."

Vision:

Renewal, Inc. wants to be known for achieving the highest standards in the community corrections industry and reducing the rate of recidivism.

Core Values:

    Safety

Protecting the lives and well being of residents, staff and our community

    Diversity

Appreciating and respecting the differences of our staff, residents and community

    Leadership

Empowering employees to emulate our mission and core values

    Teamwork

Working together for the betterment of our staff, residents and community

    Innovation

Implement new programs and services in accordance with industry standards

    Empowerment

Taking responsibility with the parameters of the mission, core values and policies

    Professionalism

Maintain the highest standards of ethical behavior and the continued quest for excellence

 

Admissions, the provisions of services, and referrals of clients shall be made without regard to race, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin (including limited English proficiency), age or sex.

Program services shall be made accessible to eligible persons with disabilities through the most practical and economically feasible methods available. These methods include, but are not limited to, equipment redesign, the provision of aides, and the use of alternative service delivery locations. Structural modifications shall be considered only as a last resort among available methods.