January 13, 2018
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Riverside Coming Home is a program of the Prison Ministry of The Riverside Church of New York, in collaboration with Xavier Mission, The Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty, and the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service.
Riverside Coming Home seeks to empower men and women who are returning to the community from incarceration. It is based on a well-established model with a track record of success and over a thousand graduates in the New York Metropolitan area in the past two decades. Participants work with facilitators and mentors to support personal healing and growth, skill development, and reintegration into the community.
The Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing held its first Interfaith Convocation and Overnight City Budget Vigil in 1985 to call for action from the City of New York to address homelessness and the housing crisis. Annual overnight convocations became a focus for the group. In 1989, the overnight event became a 200-day encampment in City Hall Park. The personal testimonies of those who led the encampment were powerful and compelling. Inspired by these stories, and in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the Assembly developed the Education Outreach Program that grew into what are now known as Life Skills Empowerment Programs (LSEP). Riverside Coming Home is based on the Educational Outreach and Life Skills Empowerment Programs model. The program was started at Riverside Church in Fall 2012.
Participants engage in twice-weekly evening meetings over the course of 13 weeks. Each session begins with a group meal, followed by a session on life skills, the sharing of personal stories in the context of a supportive group process, and one-to-one mentoring. Mentors work with participants to establish and implement personal and career goals. The program is limited to approximately 12 participants per semester. Over the course of the semester a family-like community is formed through the creation of an environment based on trust, support and respect.
For additional information, please contact Hope Eisdorfer, Program Director at 212-870-6876 or email@example.com.