Hard Road Home

HARD ROAD HOME follows two former felons in different stages of life "on the outside." Julio is a former drug dealer who has committed his life to the East Harlem program that helps break the cycle of incarceration. Alberto, who idolizes Julio, is a success story in the making but still struggles with his old demons on a daily basis.


After 24 years and 8 months, Myron came home to New York City where he was reunited with his daughter, Lyneisha. Though she was born soon after Myron was locked up, he and his daughter developed a close relationship during his incarceration. She pursued a career as a social worker, and helped her father to assemble the parole package that would ultimately grant his release. Myron - a cherished Wellness Center participant and Walking Through the Wilderness alumnus - now lives with Lyneisha and is excited to chart the course of this next chapter. 


Shamar is 17 years old, lives in Harlem, and attends our Common-Unity youth group twice a week. He is diligent about his school work, and often stops by Exodus staff members' desks to show us his glowing report cards. Driven to further his education, he recently passed all subjects on his TASC exam, and is taking college level courses at CUNY Prep. Shamar is excited to apply to universities, and to stay focused on his dream of becoming a professional basketball player or musician. 



Alex came to know Exodus while serving time at Green Haven Correctional Facility. A week after his release, Alex enrolled in our Wellness Center support groups and Walking Through the Wilderness. He since graduated from our substance use treatment program and Walking through the Wilderness, began writing his Bard College Senior Thesis, and took a job as a Substance Abuse Case Manager at a New York nonprofit that specialized in community-based alternatives to incarceration.