"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:
Throughout #SeeUsSupportUs month, we will highlight the voices of people directly impacted by parental incarceration. Below is a piece by See Us, Support Us partner Danait, a Columbia University MPH candidate, about her relationship with her father and how his incarceration affected him and their relationship.
October is See Us, Support Us month, a month-long campaign to champion the needs, experiences, and resiliency of children with incarcerated parents and encourage states, agencies, and organizations to adopt the Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights. See below for information on events in New York State during October.Continue reading...
I am writing to let you know that I am stepping away from my role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Osborne Association at the end of next month. It has been a difficult decision, but one that I believe is right for me, my wife, and my two wonderful high-school-aged children who just began at their new school in Syracuse a few weeks ago.
Today, on the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison uprising, people in prison across 17 states end a three-week prison strike. At the start, organizers released a list of 10 demands that include immediately improving working and living conditions in prison, rescinding the Prison Litigation Reform Act (a cynical "reform" that severely restricts the rights of incarcerated people to mount legal challenges), restoring voting rights to all confined citizens, ending death by incarceration, and providing rehabilitation services for all people in prison, including those convicted of violent crimes.Continue reading...