"The Sing Sing children’s center allows kids to interact with their daddies. They play games, color, read, and even make special projects during the holidays! My husband took Osborne’s parenting classes which helped his relationship with our babies. He has more patience, less anger, and he is the loving man he was prior to what led to his incarceration."
- Jennifer L.
"After 6 months of treatment, I obtained my OSHA license, stopped smoking cigarettes, and achieved drug abstinence after being a daily user. I enrolled in culinary arts school and am employed with Osborne’s Fresh Start Catering."
- Kim W.
"When I first got to Osborne, I didn’t have parental rights of my daughter. Because of the Fatherhood Initiative, three months after starting the program, the judge was able to give me back my daughter. So I have all my parental rights again and I’m doing amazing."
- Charles K.
"I’ve grown mentally, physically and spiritually. I would have never thought in a million years that I would be in this position I am in now."
- Raymonita M., now a Janitorial Maintenance Crew Chief and NYSID Joslin Award Winner, completed Osborne’s Longtermers Responsibility Project and Treatment Services program
"The Youth Experience Success [peer support community] provides me with a safe and loving environment and staff who go to every extent to help me reach my fullest potential.... This opportunity has given me the chance to explore possibilities and allowed me to believe that anything is possible if I set my mind to it."
- Shiane C.
Our blog contains stories about individuals who have participated in programs at the Osborne Association and used that opportunity to transform their lives. Individuals in jail and prison face many challenges upon release that can include unemployment, substance reliance or lack of stable housing. These recent pieces tell the stories of individuals who succeeded in the face of these challenges:
Osborne is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a $50,000 matching grant from REDF to support our work to offer essential COVID-prevention sanitation and janitorial services during the pandemic. REDF's generosity allows us to continue to develop employment opportunities for our staff while delivering needed services to the community.Continue reading...
In today's Daily News, Osborne President & CEO Elizabeth Gaynes and Judi Kende, VP of Enterprise Community Partners published an op-ed urging the city to act quickly to expand housing access for people leaving prisons and jails.Continue reading...
"[The pandemic] really shines a light on our willingness to lock up more people than we really need to be and it's testing the way our criminal and legal system makes decisions about who is taken into custody and who can be released in less restrictive supervision in the community." - Susan Gottesfeld, Osborne's Chief Program Officer.Continue reading...
To insulate facilities from the coronavirus, prisons and jails are not allowing people to see their incarcerated loved ones. In this article in The Nation, Osborne President and CEO Elizabeth Gaynes, Speakers Bureau Member Amanda Lugo, and founder of #WeGotUsNow Ebony Underwood are quoted about the emotional toll the suspension of in-person visiting has caused.