THE FIRST THING ONE HEARS WHEN THEY WALK THROUGH OUR DOOR IS “WELCOME HOME.” WE, TOO, HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE JUSTICE SYSTEM, SO WE KNOW HOW HARD IT CAN BE TO RETURN TO OUR COMMUNITIES AFTER SERVING TIME.
WALKING THROUGH THE WILDERNESS
Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
The disorienting moment of returning home from prison reminds us of the Book of Exodus, wherein the Hebrews wandered through the wilderness for 40 years after being freed from bondage before finding the Promised Land.
Walking Through the Wilderness is a two-week workshop that focuses on cognitive-behavioral change and job readiness training. Our unique service tool, the Exodus Contract, guides participants towards concrete goals and accomplishments in the six areas of healing: family & relationships, employment, education, health & fitness, community involvement, and spirituality. We then coach participants in resume and cover letter development; interviewing; effective job searching techniques; workplace conflict resolution; employer expectations; and disclosing your justice involvement to an employer.
Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Once having completed our Walking Through the Wilderness workshop, we match participants with an Exodus Contract Coach who provides individualized support for participants to work towards the goals they set in the workshop. Contract Coaches help the men and women we serve to secure employment, along with housing, health benefits, mental health referrals, and additional services tailored to the individual.
FAITH IN FATHERHOOD
Fridays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
We know from experience that justice involvement often severs the ties between fathers and their families. To help repair these connections and build stronger families, Exodus runs a Faith in Fatherhood program, which delivers the nationally-recognized, evidence-based fatherhood curriculum InsideOutDad. Through this program, justice-involved fathers get the tools they need to become more responsible and committed in the lives of their children. In addition to group sessions, participants receive weekly individual case management, employment services and family support for up to one year.
HOPE FOR NEW YORK
Mondays from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Professional mentorship provides our program participants with the support, direction, and networking they need to jumpstart their careers and realize their visions. Our partner, Hope for New York, is a faith-based organization that links nonprofits with volunteers from several faith communities in New York City.
Volunteers in our Hope for New York ten-week World of Work mentoring series work with participants on employment topics such as mock interviews, workplace conflict resolution, and the ins and outs of professional networking. Graduates of the program report high levels of employment, participation in education, compliance with child support orders, and increased financial literacy.
All program participants receive MetroCards for transportation, and hot meals before each session. Computer lab access, and computer literacy training is also included.
ADDITIONAL RE-ENTRY SERVICES
- Individual mentoring
- Support groups
- Substance use treatment
- TASC (GED) preparation classes