Helping people build rebuild and thrive
In March of 1999, just three years after returning home, Julio Medina founded Exodus Transitional Community with the help of one volunteer and a generous donation by our founding supporters, Frank and Lisina Hoch. Since then, we have grown from a one-room office at the Church of the Living Hope on East 104th Street, donated by the late Reverend Dr. Lonnie McLeod, to a multi-location justice organization serving over 2,000 New Yorkers every year.
Though grounded in our re-entry programs, Exodus Transitional Community offers a broad spectrum of services for adults and youth affected by the justice system, and we are proud to lead the policy and advocacy efforts that promote positive change in our communities. Whether through direct service or service referrals, our mission is to ensure our participants not only become contributing members of society but also that we meet as many of their daily needs as possible to ensure they succeed and live well.
What we believe
We believe in building community. Our sites across the State of New York are safe spaces with welcoming atmospheres for at risk youth and people affected by the justice system. Our trained and highly qualified staff have all been personally impacted by the justice system and are uniquely positioned to help participants succeed.
We believe in holistic support. Our programs equip participants with the tools and mentorship to define and meet their goals in all the important areas of life — employment, education, family relationships, community service, health and fitness, and spirituality.
We believe in the importance of access to necessities. We know how difficult it is to survive after incarceration, especially when it comes to the basics. We provide hot meals, transportation aid, access to housing and interview attire to ensure our participants are successful.
We believe in personalized guidance. We see each person as an individual, with dreams, talent and needs unique to them. That’s why our assigned contract coaches and job developers approach each Exodus participant with a listening ear, thoughtful attention, and flexibility.
SECURE LIVING WAGE EMPLOYMENT
YEARLY CASE MANAGEMENT SESSIONS
YEARLY MENTOR & THERAPY SESSIONS
92% complete our youth programs
How we work
The Wilderness Re-entry Program. We seek to address the barriers justice-involved people experience when seeking employment. The program provides jobseekers with a two week-long, soft-skills job-readiness training, where participants learn how to create a resume and cover-letter, participate in mock interview sessions, engage in group discussions about the challenges of reentry, acceptance, guilt, and external influences, and learn coping mechanisms to manage stress.
Youth Empowerment Programs. We serve about 225 young people annually, and focus on helping them obtain a GED or High School Diploma, complete post-secondary Education or Training, successfully enter the workforce, and keep them on track by either preventing them from becoming justice/gang involved, or providing re-entry services for those youth who have been incarcerated and need a second chance.
Wellness Center Programs. Our Wellness Center uses a compassionate, participant-focused approach providing substance use and behavioral health treatment and recovery support. Our 822 OASAS licensed facility, our staff of credentialed CASACs (Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors), nurses, and our doctor develop a personalized treatment plan for each participant. They then receive outpatient services, group therapy sessions three days per week, and weekly, individual meetings with their counselor.
Mentorship and Education Programs. We provide a strong mentorship resources for adults and youth, both partnering with organizations like Hope For New York and working with our own team of mentors. We also provide educational support from computer literacy to college prep and other vocational training our participants have interest in and will benefit from.
Why we advocate for justice reform
We believe in changing the systems that perpetuate incarceration across communities of color and poverty. We actively participate in policy work and advocacy to reduce incarceration and build an equitable justice system.
Decarceration. We lend our voice to advocacy projects like Close Rikers, and partner with organizations like JLUSA to put New York on a path to decarceration and non-punitive measures such as alternative programming that heals our communities.
Restoring Rights. Whether it is through drafting and advocating for legislative reform, support for clemency, or assisting to change city and employment policies and practices, we lend our expertise in restoring the rights of directly impacted individuals.
Reducing Stigma. We educate employers and other institutions about the root causes of incarceration, such as untreated mental illness and substance use disorders to reduce the stigma justice-impacted people face.