Since last November, I have been working as Development Assistant at the Osborne Association in the South Bronx. This has been an incredibly rewarding experience that stretches beyond the tangible skills and day-to-day tasks. The friends I’ve made in co-workers and participants provides the most satisfaction. A most recent memory which will last a lifetime was visiting Riker's island for two concerts by a quartet of Carnegie Hall musicians (pictured above). The fact that such an esteemed institution, like Carnegie Hall, came to perform for those who often feel invisible, demeaned and like second-class citizens, was especially meaningful to me. As we all know, sometimes music can inspire in ways that words cannot. I’m looking forward to returning to Riker’s in a couple weeks to attend a graduation for women in one of our parenting programs (graduation ceremony pictured above).
Many people are unaware of the extraordinary work the Osborne Association does in New York State for individuals and families. We serve more than 6,500 people each year through programs that, among many other things, offer parenting programs for incarcerated parents and alternatives to incarceration, such as alcohol and drug treatment. Let me know if you’d like to visit our Bronx or Brooklyn office, or any upcoming events at Riker’s Island.