"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:
On January 21, Osborne released its 2020 policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session.Continue reading...
On Friday, January 17, New York State Assemblymember Michael A. Blake and Osborne President & CEO Elizabeth Gaynes authored an editorial in Gotham Gazette that explains the value and importance of New York's bail reform legislation. Additionally, Gaynes and Blake emphasized that bail reform is part of the larger effort to make the criminal justice system fairer and more effective.Continue reading...
Osborne Association President and CEO Elizabeth Gaynes responded to a December 27 NY Post article criticizing efforts to help people leaving courts and jails by providing metro cards and debits cards upon release.Continue reading...
Yesterday, the Youth Action Council, family, advocates, and elected officials gathered on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall for an inspiring rally to keep families together, and bring back the buses. Speakers professed their support of the vital pieces of legislation in the legislative session beginning in January that will protect and improve visiting at New York State prisons and jails.Continue reading...