"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:
On Wednesday, August 14 the New York City Council passed a package of bills that were referred to as Justice for Jazmine (named after Jazmine Headley whose arrest in December stunned the City and beyond, for its aggressive separation of her and her infant son). This package includes Intro 1349-A which requires the New York Police Department to develop guidance - including training and protocols- for officers when arresting a caregiver whose child is present with the goal of minimizing trauma to children. The bill will be sent to Mayor de Blasio for signature (it will become law in 30 days unless the Mayor vetoes the bill) and will be enacted within six months after it becomes law.Continue reading...
FOR DANIEL, A 56-year-old from Brooklyn, being released from prison after 25 years meant returning to a completely foreign New York.
"It's been very overwhelming, to say the least – something as simple as using a phone or riding the trains, interacting with family and just people in general. It's a work in progress," says Daniel, who was released on parole from the state-run Fishkill Correctional Facility in April after serving the minimum sentence for his first-degree robbery and burglary convictions. U.S. News is withholding his last name to protect his privacy.Continue reading...
City Council Passes Child Sensitive Arrest Bill Taking Important Steps to Safeguard Children at the Time of a Parent’s Arrest
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By Elizabeth Gaynes and Daniel Dromm
On Aug. 7, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers conducted workday raids across Mississippi and arrested nearly 700 people, many of whom had children at school. At the end of the first day of the school year, educators and volunteers had to devise emergency plans to provide food and shelter, emotional support, and age-appropriate explanations to confused and terrified children. The national uproar to these raids cast a bright light on an issue that stretches well beyond immigration: the practice of arresting parents without adequate regard for the well-being of their children.Continue reading...