2015 Golf Tournament
The 11th Annual Project COPE Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015 at Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis. Jim Holtgrieve, Captain of the 2013 and 2011 United States Walker Cup Golf Teams and recent inductee into the Missouri Golf Association Hall of Fame, is again serving as Honorary Chairman of the tournament. The event will benefit Project COPE, one of the St. Louis area’s most successful community re-entry programs for men and women seeking to rebuild their lives after release from prison.
The tournament is open to the public and will include lunch, shotgun style round of golf, dinner, awards and live and silent auctions. Holtgrieve will play a hole with every foursome in the tournament. He is a past Missouri amateur golf champion.
Since 1985, Project COPE has provided transitional housing, case management services, programming, and mentoring to men and women returning from incarceration. Through the dedication of staff and congregational-based mentoring teams, hundreds of ex-offenders have successfully reintegrated into the community; working, raising families, and living successful lives free of crime.
Approximately 20,000 adults are incarcerated in Missouri prisons, 97 percent of whom will eventually return to communities all across the state. Of that number, approximately 20 percent of the individuals are released to the Greater St. Louis area each year. Especially for those who have been incarcerated with long sentences, returning home is not always possible. Family members have died or grown apart; bridges to relationships have been burned; and/or individuals have no safe environments to which they can return. Too often this results in homeless and/or the high risk of re-offending and recidivism. Statistics show that, without support, over 40 percent will be re-incarcerated within three years. That is a significant loss of human potential, a serious drain on communities, and a tragic loss to families. In order to be successful, many returning adults require support to meet the challenges of unemployment, housing limitations, and rebuilding relationships.
For 29 years, Project COPE has offered a safe alternative to the risk of recidivism and homelessness by providing safe, clean, transitional housing and support services for men an women participating in our 12-month program. Less than four percent of our graduates re-offend and return to prison within three years. We support our clients/partners and graduates, and work within our communities to help make them safer by strengthening families, supporting individual success, and helping to save Missouri taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual re-incarceration costs. Project COPE supports new beginnings, because we know from years of experience that second chances count!