"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:
"At a time when the federal government is shut down over a demand for a wall that is designed to exclude and marginalize those who seek a better life in this country, how fitting it is that New York State is tearing down walls, and recognizing the value of individuals who have demonstrated that their past is not their future. The Osborne Association is grateful to Governor Cuomo for opening doors for those behind the walls, and holding the door open for those who want only to stay and continue to contribute to our community." – Liz GaynesContinue reading...
By Tanya Krupat and Susan Chinitz
The recent disturbing video of police officers and security officers wrenching Jazmine Headley’s 1-year-old son from her arms as they arrest her in a Brooklyn Human Resources Administration office has sparked a needed conversation about the criminalization of the working poor. The violent and chaotic arrest is shocking not only because of the circumstances that led to it, but for the trauma inflicted on mother and son.
Having advocated for policies to safeguard children at the time of a parent’s arrest for more than a decade, we find the lack of consideration and concern for the well-being of Headley’s child by any of the professionals involved to be striking.Continue reading...