Arzu Yetim Gives Back

Arzu Yetim Gives Back

24 Jul 2018

In 2016, after five years in New York State prison, Arzu Yetim was in a work-release program at Edgecombe Correctional Facility in Upper Manhattan. She was committed to returning and staying home and knew she needed to find a job to do that. Arzu enrolled in Osborne’s job training program and was an eager and focused participant from her first day.  

“The first thing she said to me was, 'I want to be a flagger,'" said program coordinator Jenny Santiago. Arzu says she had been interested in construction flagging since she was a child. “When I was little, I remember driving by the guys out there and telling my dad I wanted to do that someday.” Though Osborne didn’t offer flagger certification at the time, Jenny arranged funding to allow Arzu to complete a flagging certification course.

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William Morton Comes Home

On a clear summer day in July, William Morton left Fishkill Correctional Facility after twenty two years of incarceration. As he passed through the final chain link fence into the parking lot, he was met with a smile, tears, and a hug by Laura Roan, director of Elderly Reentry Initiative (ERI), an Osborne program based in Newburgh, New York.  

Leaving Fishkill

 

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