Jamaill's journey

Osborne program graduate Jamaill shares how instrumental Osborne's supportive services were for his successful reentry.

Osborne Association

December 9, 2023

Workforce graduate Jamaill and his son.

“No one goes above and beyond like Osborne.”

When someone is incarcerated, entire families and communities experience emotional and economic fallout. That’s why Osborne has built a continuum of services to support individuals, children, and families impacted by incarceration, delivered by committed staff who often have their own personal or family experiences with the criminal legal system.

We believe that everyone is capable of change and we know that maintaining family bonds reduces trauma and ensures successful reentry.

Gifts from generous donors allow us to help thousands of families each year, eager to welcome their loved ones home.

Jamaill is a great example. He was released from prison in March after serving 23 years. He says he was living a reckless life and acknowledges that other people suffered because of it. This weighs heavily on his heart. In his own words:

While incarcerated, I came across Osborne. At first, just to use my time, I took the parenting class. But I can honestly say that was when I started to change my life for the better. The class made me want to become not just a better parent, but also a better man that my family could be proud of.
Osborne is more than a program – y’all became my family. My sons were able to visit me, whether in person or through televisiting. Osborne made it possible for me to still be a father from prison. This program helped me emotionally and mentally. And Osborne staff have been with my sons throughout most of their lives.
Osborne provided my mother the help she needed to take care of my boys. She joined a support group, where she can be with other women who are going through the same experience. No one goes above and beyond like Osborne.

Since gaining his freedom, Jamaill has graduated from Osborne’s Workforce Development program. He landed an internship and started a full-time job as a Residential Aide this fall.

Donor support enables Osborne to deliver services, advocacy, and opportunities to over 10,000 people like Jamaill and his family each year.

Please consider a gift to Osborne this year so we can go above and beyond for everyone who relies on us. Thank you for your support.