Gido Fund for Community Justice and Mercy
Despite growing up in a “pocket of poverty” in the area known as Upper Appalachia in northeastern Pennsylvania, Jack and Rosemary Gido achieved the American Dream. They never forgot the values of compassion and outreach—traits that were modeled by their families who had very little yet gave so much. After college, they got married and raised two sons, Stephen and Jeffrey, in the Capital District of New York. With the threat of job loss in the 1991 recession, they followed their sons to Penn State and reshaped their own careers. Jack, who passed away in 2017, is remembered by his PSU colleagues as a kind and supportive “boss,” leading Penn Tap and Work Force Development and writing a highly regarded text, "Successful Project Management." Rosemary, known to her doctoral student mentees as “Dr. Mom,” taught 17 years in the department of criminology at Indiana University of PA, while conducting corrections systems research projects and editing a book on the needs of women offenders with mental health issues. With the support of her children and grandchildren, Rosemary established this fund to advocate for justice and mercy. The fund’s primary focus is on the restoration of individuals, families, and victim-survivors through outreach resources. As a donor advised fund, the recipient organizations may change each year, depending on where the donor-advisors see the greatest need.
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