"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:
Ronald Rodgers has “so many stories.” As an employment specialist in Osborne’s Career Center, he uses his quarter-century of experience to place people in good jobs — jobs that pay the bills, support the family, and evoke that sense of pride we all look for at work. That’s already a success story. But Ronald’s passion is to go even further, to help participants build careers for which they have a passion.Continue reading...
Today, the Osborne Association announced the West Harlem Capacity Building Incubator. The project, funded through a grant from the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII), will offer annual grants of $20,000 per year for three years to three local organizations in the West Harlem area that are working to build up the local community. Grantees will also receive monthly training and technical assistance to support their growth and organizational development. CJII funding is provided through a special project that the Manhattan District Attorney's office launched in 2015 to invest funds in projects that will improve public safety and promote a fair and efficient criminal justice system.Continue reading...
On September 22, 2020, the New York State Senate held a Joint Public Hearing to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on prisons and jails, chaired by Senator Luis Sepulveda, Chair of Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections, and Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chair of Senate Standing Committee on Health
The goal of the hearing was to receive testimony on COVID-19’s impact on prisons and jails in New York State.
On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 men incarcerated at the Attica Correctional Facility led an insurrection against the prison — an institution undergirded by systemic oppression, racism, and violence. The Attica Liberation Faction Manifesto rooted the uprising in collective principled struggle: “In our peaceful efforts to assemble in dissent...we are in turn murdered, brutalized, and framed...because we seek the rights and privileges of all American People.”Continue reading...