Riverside Coming Home
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. Riverside Coming Home 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.
Days of Operation: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Hours of Operation: 5-8 PM
A round-trip MetroCard and $10 stipend are provided to participants for each session attended. Participants are required to bank half of their stipend until graduation from the program.
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. The Interfaith Assembly invited leaders to share their stories publicly to encourage citizen action to address the issue of homelessness. 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). The goal of these programs is to facilitate healing and personal growth through the articulation of life experiences, enabling them to reconnect with their communities and move forward with their lives.
Riverside Coming Home of the Riverside Prison Ministries is based on the Educational Outreach and Life Skills Empowerment Programs model. Coming Home seeks to facilitate healing and personal growth empowering participants to reintegrate successfully into their communities.
Community Resources Directory for men and women Coming Home.
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Riverside Coming Home is free for participants.
The cost of the program per participant is $1,000. Please consider a full or partial sponsorship!
Breakdown of costs per participant for one semester:
$420 Group Facilitators and Case Manager (25 group sessions, 3 case management sessions)
$250 Attendance Stipend ($10 per session, 25 sessions)
$150 Dinners ($6 per meal, 25 meals)
$140 Transportation ($5 MetroCard per session, 25 group sessions +3 case management sessions)
$40 Graduation Costs
$1000.00 per participant per semester
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General contributions to Riverside Coming Home are also always welcome!
Thanks from the Riverside Coming Home Family!