For older adults, returning to their community after years of incarceration can be a joyous, yet stressful event. Many of ERI’s returning citizens have spent 25 years behind bars and are returning to communities now unfamiliar, and sometimes unwelcome, to them.  ERI provides strengths-based, person-centered, comprehensive case management for older adults returning to NYC.
 

Who We Are

In 2015 in collaboration with the NYC Department for the Aging and colleagues in academia, corrections, gerontology, reentry and the community, Osborne launched the Elder Reentry Initiative. ERI works with incarcerated elders as they prepare to return home, connecting them to resources that meet their unique and often unmet needs.  Then, upon release, case managers in the community ensure that returning citizens are well cared for in the community.

 

What We Offer

Our Case Managers assess older adults’ reentry needs and work with them to create an individualized, age-appropriate discharge and case management service plan. Upon release, each participant is escorted and supported throughout the process of securing services, and receives extensive, adaptive follow-up services. Our case managers coordinate:

  • Financial Assistance
  • Benefits & Entitlements
  • Employment Training and Opportunities
  • Medical Services
  • Home-Delivered Meals
  • In-Home Services
  • Appropriate Housing Placement
  • Elder Abuse and Crime Victims Services
  • Transportation
  • Legal Services
  • Services for LGBT Seniors
  • Services for Veterans
  • Vision Rehabilitation and Hearing Loss Services
  • Local Senior Centers Membership and Services

 

Contact Us

To join the Elder Reentry Initiative from Sing Sing or Fishkill Correctional Facilities, you must:

  • be at least fifty years old at your projected release date
  • have served 10 or more years in prison
  • have a set release date or are eligible for parole consideration within one year
  • plan to return to New York City following release

To join the Elder Reentry Initiative from Rikers Island, you must:

  • be at least fifty years old at your projected release date
  • have been sentenced
  • plan to return to New York City following release

Alternatively, if you or your participants need assistance related to aging and incarceration, please contact us.

For more information contact:

Laura Roan
Program Manager
(845) 345-9845
388 Ann Street 2nd Floor, Newburgh, NY 12550

Download the Elder Reentry Initiative Flyer for Providers

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