Telling our Stories

Telling our Stories

29 Aug 2017

During the past year, Osborne partnered with StoryCorps, the national oral history project and radio program, to record, preserve and share the unique and important stories of our staff and participant community. StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. 

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Mayor and City Council Speaker Announce Plan to Close Rikers

Mayor and City Council Speaker Announce Plan to Close Rikers

06 Apr 2017

On March 31, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced a plan to close Rikers Island in the next decade. Read part of the Mayor's statement, watch the press conference, and find the full report detailing the steps that will be taken to close Rikers below: 

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Advocates Succeed in Halting Harmful Changes to Visiting Standards at Rikers Island

Advocates Succeed in Halting Harmful Changes to Visiting Standards at Rikers Island

20 Jan 2016

Osborne's President and CEO, Elizabeth Gaynes testifies before the New York City Board of Correction at the October, 16 2015 hearing on  proposed revisions to minimum standards for new york city jails regarding visiting

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30 Children Make a Special Trip to See Their Moms Who Are Incarcerated Upstate

30 Children Make a Special Trip to See Their Moms Who Are Incarcerated Upstate

11 Jan 2013

By Kasey Currier | Program Assistant, Children and Youth Services

The cold fall weather in New York brings with it the start of Osborne’s Family Ties Program, a program for children ages 3 months to 21 years whose mothers are incarcerated at Albion Correctional Facility (located near the Canadian border). Family Ties offers a 12-session parenting program at Albion while providing outreach, support, and service referrals to the children of the mothers in the class, and their caregivers. A special extended visit day is organized and incorporated into the mothers’ graduation day. The children embark on a two day trip including a 6 hour visit on the second day. This fall, that special visit took place on December 7th. 

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Osborne Launches FamilyWorks Harlem

Osborne Launches FamilyWorks Harlem

27 Feb 2017

On February 27, 2017, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office held a press conference to announce the investment of $58 million into organizations that support youth and families to prevent crime. In total, #InvestInYouth grants will fund 100 community organizations in East Harlem, Central/West Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Lower East Side. Osborne is pleased to be a recipient of an #InvestInYouth grant as a partnership with the Harlem Restoration Project to provide services to families affected by incarceration. Osborne Association President and CEO Elizabeth Gaynes thanked the District Attorney saying,

“The Osborne Association is honored to partner with the Harlem Restoration Project to launch FamilyWorks Harlem designed to address the most serious risks faced by children and families affected by parental incarceration. We thank District Attorney Vance for this opportunity to work in such a vibrant and resilient community.”

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