Jeff Putthoff has lived and worked in Camden, NJ for the last thirteen years. He is the founder and Executive Director of Hopeworks ‘N Camden, a youth development program that works with youth ages 14-23 in Camden, NJ. Father Jeff founded Hopeworks as a direct response to the current youth crisis that exists. In Camden, over 50% of the population is under 18, only 25% of adults have high school diploma and the per capita income is $5,700. There is an estimated 70% dropout rate from the public high schools in the city of Camden while 53% of all youth live below the poverty line.

Father Jeff holds a Bachelor in Philosophy from Saint Louis University, a Masters in English from Loyola Chicago, a Masters of Divinity from Weston School of Theology, and a Masters of Theology from Weston School of Theology. Father Jeff is also a certified AKRI Consultant. He has been a Jesuit priest for 13 years.