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Ex-Offender Resources
Compiled by Resource Editor Zmira Amrani

Aids Related Community Services
838 Broadway
Newbugh, NY 12550
(914) 562-5005

Support Groups, short-term counseling; AIDS education, crisis intervention; comprehensive case management services; individual; couple; and family counseling and support groups. Prison service initiative for state correctional facilities. Jail services program for county correctional facilities. Referrals for medical, legal, dental, funeral, and other services. They have a broad range of community and professional education services and extensive volunteer involvement.

Albion Orleans Visitors' Center
Contact: Cesar Loarca
PO Box 313
Albion, NY 14411-0313
(716) 589-9014

Hospitality and waiting center. Volunteers provide food and children's activities including a children's enrichment program. Informal counseling available. Services limited to visitors to Orleans Correctional Facility.

Black Veterans for Social Justice
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 935-1116

They assist veterans in areas such as housing, employment, VA benefits, and upgrading discharges as long as they have their military discharge papers.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of NY
1011 First Ave.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 371-1000

They have a comprehensive program, including clothing, bail fund and referrals(including job referrals). Services are also available to families of offenders.

Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)
32 Broadway
New York, NY
(212) 422-4430

They provide on-the-job work experience for persons on parole, probation or in work-release programs. The client must be referred, by a parole or probation officer.

Cephas Attica, Inc.
Contact: Suzanne Monzon
258 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
(716) 546-7472

St. Patrick's Friary
102 Seymour Street
Buffalo, NY 14210
(716) 856-6131

Group counseling is provided at Attica, Wyoming, Collins, Orleans, Albion, and Rochester prisons in one-to-one matches with community volunteers, aid is given to inmates family members, and post release services including housing for parolees and job training are provided. They also offer assistance with educational opportunities, transportation, and job opportunities.

Children's Center, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
Contact: Sr. Elaine Roulet
247 Harris Rd.
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
(914) 241-3100 ext. 4050

Provides a children's center at Bedford Hills CF that includes a playroom, nursery, and infant daycare for inmates children. The center also provides parenting classes, children's advocacy, tuoring and visiting programs.

Community Justice Center
Contact: Veronica Reed
Abyssinian Baptist Church
Harlem
(212) 427-4545

A prisoner families support group.

Correctional Association of NY
135 E. 15th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-5700

The Correctional Association does public education and policy advocacy on criminal justice and prison issues.

The CUNY (City University of NY) Program
In Brooklyn: Medgar Evers College (718) 270-6434
In the Bronx: Bronx Community College (718) 220-6163
In Western Queens: LaGuardia Community College (718) 482-5320

Offers career development services, job search skills, assistance in housing, family , and entitlement issues, assistance in entry level job skills training, substance abuse and education programs.

Delancy Street
100 Turk Hill Rd.
Brewster, Ny 10509
(914) 278-6181

Delancy Street provides, in a 2-4 year re-intergration program, counseling and training in moving and trucking, para-transit services, a restaurant and catering service, a print and copy shop, retail and wholesale sales, advertising specialties sales, and a automotive service center.

Family Resource Center
Osborne Association
175 Remson Street 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
1-800-344-3314
Mondays and Wednesdays, 2-7pm

The center is for families of New York prisoners and is a clearinghouse of information on visitation, transportation resources, packages, transfers,parole and other issues. Provides informational workshops for prison families on employment opportunities in New York City for former prisoners, and provides referrals for educational and treatment programs.

Fortune Society
Contact Diego Gonzalez
39 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-7070

This ex-offender self-help organization works with ex-offenders in the New York area. The society offers one-on-one counseling (ex-offender to ex-offender), one-on-one tutoring, job training, placement, tutoring in preparation for the GED diploma, and out-patient substance abuse services. They provide no legal services but do act as a referral agency for halfway houses, drug or alcohal addiction programs, and numerous other social services. Conducts an Alternative to Incarceration program, and AIDS counseling. They publish Fortune News, which is free to inmates upon request.

Harlem Restoration Project, Inc.
461 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 662-8186

Gives preference to Ex-offenders with any openings it may have in its office or its building renovation projects. Preference is also given to Harlem residents.

Hour Children, Inc.
36-11A 12th Street
Long Island City, NY 11106
(718) 433-4724

Provides foster care for children of incarcerated women. Works with incarcerated mothers and their children to strengthen family ties trough advocacy, visiting assistance and social services.

Incarcerated Mothers Program
104 East 107th Street
New York, NY 10029
(212) 410-4200

A program for incarcerated mothers whose children live in the five boroughs of New York City. The program helps prevent placement of children in foster care and helps regain custody of children. If foster care has agreed to give the child back, the program also helps facilitate this procedure. Provides parenting skills and counseling. They also work with families in their homes.

Job Treasures
152 West 74th Street 4th Floor
New York, NY 10023
212-473-2389

Provides employment seminars in English and Spanish on resume writing, interviewing, telephone techniques, and job related skills.

Justice Works Community
Contact: Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald
1012 Eighth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 499-6704

Eligibility: women prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families. Child advocacy focuses on family stabilization by offering comprehensive services to parents and children. They serve children of parents still in prison, children without parents, and parents and children together. Letters of Reasonable Assurance to the Parole Board and Post-release referrals are offered.

Landing Strip
504 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10009-4600
(212) 568-4984

Provides group support for ex-offenders who have participated in Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) in prison.

Legal Action Center
153 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-1313

Concerned primarily with employment discrimination against ex-offenders, ex-addicts and ex-alcoholics. Will help obtain and clean up a rap sheet, obtain Certificates of Relief from Disabilities and Certificates of Good Conduct.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund
99 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013

Osborne Association
Website: www.osborneny.org

Brooklyn Office:
175 Remson Street
8th Floor
Bklyn, NY 11201
(718) 637-6560

Bronx Office:
809 Westchester Ave.
Bx., NY 10455
(718) 842-0500

Queens Office:
36-31 38th Street
LI City, NY 11101
(718) 707-2600

Holistic drug treatment and employment services for ex-offenders. Educational and vocational support and health services. Intensive HIV/AIDS case management.

Prisonerís Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society
90 Church Street
New York, NY 10007
(212) 577-3530

Their primary work involves conditions of confinement litigation in Federal Court. The Progect also provides referrals, offers information, advice and various forms and information packets to individual prisoners seeking information on their legal rights and remedies. Brings class action lawsuits to challenge constitutionality of conditions of confinement in NYC jails and NYS prisons. Assists inmates about writing to prison officials about matters such as access to medical care, harassment, etc.

Probe, Inc.
229 State Street
Binghampton, NY 13901-2711
(607) 772-8912

Probe provides community development, 16 development and community services, mandated volunteer services in juvenile court, transitional services for those in local jail, D.E.P. Program (GED and Life Skills, pre-employmentskills), pre-trial diversions (professional counseling), employment services, and agencies referral help.

Project Greenhope
Contact: Estelle Pierce
448 East 119th Street
New York, NY 10031
(212) 369-5100

A halfway house for women offenders, serving both parolees and women referred by the courts. Services include, counseling, life skills training, vocational and educational training, jobs, housing and referrals.

Project Return
10 Astor Place, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003-6935
(212) 979-8800

Helps parolees with employment readiness, job placement, individual and family counseling, as well as recreational and community service activities.

Providence House
PO Box 210529
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(718) 455-0197

A community based residential program for women who are on NYS parole and who cannot return to their places of residence after they are released from prison.

Reality House
Contact: Sydney Moshette, Jr.
637 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 666-8000

Provides group therapy and counseling services to recent releasees with a history of drug addition. After-care services are available in the community facility. Services include counseling, vocational guidance, education, medical and social services. They also provide recently released detainees/inmates of the NYC Dept. of Correction at Rikers Island with community-based substance abuse treatment (ages 18+) and HIV primary care(e.g. counseling, HIV testing, medical evaluation, monitoring, case management, etc.)

Rogers House
934 Culver Road
Rochester, NY 14609
(716) 482-2694

Prisoner re-integration, mentoring and assistance with housing and employment.

Salvation Army, Menís Corrections and Community Service Center
1 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-7366

Offers individual and group counseling, referrals for employment, educational programs and on the job training. Operates a residence to which pre-release referral through parole is necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older.

SCA (Sexual Compulsives Anonymous)
PO Box 1585
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10011
Web: www.sca.recovery.org

Single Parent Resource Center
141 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001

Services for children age 5-13 impacted by incarceration of their parents.

Steps to End Violence Program
104 East 107th Street
New York, NY 10029
(212) 410-4200

For women who have been abused as children or adults and arrested on charges relating to this abuse, the STEP program helps provide alternatives to incarceration. For those women already incarcerated and ready for release, the program provides educational workshops on family violence both in prison and (post release) at the agencyís office. They also offer weekly support groups and a parenting group for women who are survivors of abuse and have young children.

Stand Up Harlem
145 West 130th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 926-4072

Has emergency overnight stays, transitional housing for the HIV positive, case management, health and holistic services. They also have a support group called YES TO LIFE designed for ex-offenders.

The South Forty Corporation
(now a program of the Osborne Association)
Located in the Osborne Associationís LI City office at:
36-31 38th Street
LI City, NY 11101
(718) 707-2600

They provide vocational counseling to ex- offenders on parole or probation and to prisoners at Bayview Correctional Facility, and job placement for ex-offenders who are residentsa of New York City.

Stay ëN Out Criminal Justice Program
500 8th Ave. Room 801
New York, NY 10018
(212) 971-6033

The organization provides comprehensive treatment for incarcerated men and women with drugrelated offenses. This program has established segregated units in Arthurkill and Bayview Correctional Facilities. Inmates participating in this voluntary program receive services such as vocational rehabilitation, remedial education and therapeutic counseling (group, family, and individual). Upon parole or release, Stay ëN Out encourages and assists entry into one of the member agencies of NY therapeutic Communities, Inc. Inmates of all NY State facilities are eligible for this program after meeting the criteria

Wildcat Service Corporation
17 Battery place
New York, NY 10004
(212) 209-6000

Provides counseling and work programs for ex-offenders.

Womenís Action Alliance
370 Lexington Ave.
Suite 603
New York, NY 10017
(212) 532-8330

WAA has a job data bank.

WomenCare
236 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 463-9500

This organizationís mission is to help paroled women successfully re-enter the community and secure better lives for themselves and their children. The core of the program builds on the age-old practice of mentoring. Once selected to participate in the WomenCare program, a woman prisoner is matched with a community mentor who has volunteered to be there for at least one year to advocate for her, listen to her, and give her emotional support.

Women In Jail and Prison Project
of the Correctional Association of New York
Contact: Ida DuPont
135 East 15th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-5700

Provides advocacy services to female prisoners in New York to assist them in obtaining appropriate health care, educational and vocational training, mental health counseling, drug treatment, and in maintaining contact with children.

Womenís Prison Association
110 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-1163

Offers an outreach service, which refers women who have been involved in the criminal justice system, with special focus on the needs of HIV positive women. Provides intensive case management for women on parole or probation or recently released. Also offers parenting skills, counseling, support groups, peer education, living skills education, referrals, substance abuse services, advocacy, employment assistance, and recreational activities.
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