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 Volunteers of America Upstate New York two grants to provide cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI) programming for those who are currently incarcerated. Cognitive behavioral intervention helps subjects to analyze their thought process, recognize escalating negativity, and work to counteract these emotions. VOA’s new program will work with men and women (including veterans) who are deemed to have a moderate to high risk level of recidivism due to anger or anxiety. Our two case managers will use Moral Reconation Therapy and Interactive Journaling as their evidence-based CBIs for the program.

Moral Reconation Therapy is a 12-step program that teaches subjects to increase their moral reasoning and take accountability for their actions by evaluating the choices that led them to their current situation. Case managers will work with participants through individual and group exercises to reinforce positive behavior and to recognize the value in long term gratification over immediate pleasure seeking. This leads to a higher stage of moral reasoning with subjects.

Interactive Journaling helps subjects to personalize their recovery with an individual record of their goals. Participants of the program can catalogue their progress on a regular basis. Case managers help them to address their issues with self-control and chronicle methods to build positive relationships with their family and peers. The goal is to reshape how people think and respond to situations that could cause negative consequences, such as incarceration, and ultimately reduce recidivism.