Reentry Programs

Volunteers of America offers programs that help previously incarcerated adults rebuild their lives and make a positive change.

Step By Step

We help women regain their confidence...Step by Step

The Step by Step program offers workshops that help women regain their self-worth and make significant changes as they transition back into our communities when they are released from prison. The program helps women re-claim their lives and build healthy relationships with their families, friends and others who can have a positive impact in their lives. Step by Step is offered at the Albion State and Monroe County Correctional Facilities for more than 500 women each year.

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI) Programs

Programs designed to reduce recidivism by countering negative emotions such as anger or anxiety.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services has awarded a five-year, $1 million grant to Volunteers of America Upstate New York to implement a cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI) program at the Monroe County Correctional Facility (MCF). The program will serve more than 170 men and women each year using two evidence based CBI’s that have proven successful in reducing recidivism by helping people understand and change their criminal thinking patterns.

These programs have been proven to lower rates of recidivism by nearly two-thirds and will help those we serve to move towards self-reliance and reach their full potential.

This new program is at the heart of why Volunteers of America was founded. Maud Booth was known as the mother of prisons for her work at the turn of the 20th century to help people who had been incarcerated make a better life for themselves once they were released. This program does that very same thing for people in the Monroe County Correctional Facility.

Angela Harbin, Regional Vice President of Housing Services for Volunteers of America Upstate New York