When I first got to Osborne, I didn’t even 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 Karomer
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 Loucks
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 became employed with Osborne’s Fresh Start Catering.
- Kim Washington
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 Morales, who completed Osborne’s Longtermers Responsibility Project and Treatment Services program, is now a Janitorial Maintenance Crew Chief and NYSID Joslin Award Winner.
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 Camacho
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 February 1, Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s office announced a $6 million investment intended to support women incarcerated at Rikers Island facilities, and lessen the chance that they return. First Lady Chirlane McCray is leading the charge to improve the frequency and quality of family visits for women on Rikers, as well as broadening mental health and transitional career counseling.Continue reading...
This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo presented his FY 2019 Executive Budget, including proposals aimed at increasing fairness in the criminal justice system. The budget includes needed and humane reforms to New York’s systems of arrest, prosecution, incarceration, and reentry, as well as funding for treatment to address the opioid epidemic and support for implementing last year's legislation that raised the age of entry into the adult criminal justice system. The proposal for geriatric parole is not just cost-effective and logical, it holds the promise of beginning to undo a system of endless punishment that keeps people—including those sentenced for violent crimes—in prison for decades regardless of their remorse, rehabilitation, and readiness to contribute to the community. Unfortunately, no additional funding has been allocated for Alternatives to Incarceration.
Osborne participant Carlos Rodriguez recently shared his experience of meeting Osborne while incarcerated at Queensboro Correctional Facility and his journey to gaining employment with Osborne's Career Center Instructor Henry Guiden. Carlos (right) and Henry are pictured above with Carlos's certificate of completion of Project Renewal's culinary arts program.Continue reading...
A participant in our Elder Reentry Initiative (ERI) recently shared her experience meeting Osborne while incarcerated on Rikers Island and coming home to support. She asked we only use her initials for this story.Continue reading...