"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 Thursday, February 25, Osborne's Buffalo team hosted a news conference to announce a partnership with the Buffalo Police Department to implement the Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Project. This first-of-its-kind, community-focused project will develop and enact child-sensitive policing policy, protocols, and training to minimize the potential trauma for children from parental arrest and other police enforcement activities. A new consortium of WNY Youth-Serving agencies is advising the project and working to provide trauma-informed follow-up services to children and families.Continue reading...
The dichotomy between violent and non-violent in criminal justice reform efforts creates barriers to transformative approaches to violence like restorative justice. To end mass incarceration, Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, and Danielle Sered, executive director of Common Justice ask us to move beyond this binary in this Truthout editorial.Continue reading...
Governor Cuomo Signs Proximity Legislation into Law Bringing Parents and Children Closer Together
Measure will direct New York’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to place incarcerated parents in facilities closer to their minor children.
Download and share the press release here.Continue reading...
In our most recent newsletter, we share the exciting news that construction is underway aat our Fulton Community Reentry Center and the receipt of $1 million in support from Trinity Church Wall Street to begin "Kinship Reentry," a novel solution based on the "kinship foster care" model that allows relatives who are fostering children to receive the same support that unrelated foster parents receive.Continue reading...