Alternative to Incarceration Program
Resident to College Student
are proud to report the re-enrollment of one of our ATI program residents at
Herkimer University, located in Herkimer NY. This successful transition of one
of our participants from ATI Resident to fulltime college student shows the
stark contrast of a young man making the trip upstate to go to college rather
than one of many upstate prisons.
(not his real name to maintain confidentiality), age 28 and of Dominican
descent, had previously attended Herkimer from 2006 to 2008 where he was
pursuing a legal degree to become a state trooper. Trouble with the law lead to his arrest and
John came to Abraham House, where in addition to his legal issues; he was able
to address a myriad of other challenges. While in the program he was engaged holistically
using a team approach as well as clinically through intensive individual and
group counseling sessions. Throughout his rehabilitative and transformative
processes, we witnessed the improvement of John’s self-image and
confidence. Feeling his life getting
back on track, John expressed to Abraham House his desire to finish his degree.
He stopped looking for sympathy from others and began to seek guidance and
resources to pursue his educational goals.
of his commitment to turn his life around, Abraham House staff worked
diligently to help him achieve this goal. With our support and advocacy coupled
with a positive collaborative partnership with the probation staff of the court
system, we were able to see this through. Abraham House Clinical Coordinator Judy
Juster was instrumental in facilitating the process of enrolling him in
college. She accompanied him to the
college on move-in day, and keeps in contact with him via telephone or email to
provide continued support.
is highly motivated to obtain a degree, now pursuing a degree in Recreation
Management to become a Recreation Specialist. We are extremely pleased with John’s achievement of a 2.8 grade-point
average for the semester, especially considering a severe sprained ankle which
kept him from participating in the physical activity courses required,
impacting his midterm grades. He was able to withstand his academic courses
nonetheless, and prevailed in the end being able to participate in the physical
activity courses at the end of the semester. He is proud of his achievement and is motivated to continue his journey
to productivity and stability.
in town for winter break, John came to visit his “Abraham House Family” several
times, and Judy helped him with his financial aid package for the upcoming
semester. We at Abraham House are also proud of this young man’s
accomplishments and commitment to turning his life around. It’s a very
satisfying moment for everyone involved, illustrating the commitment of the
Abraham House staff, the importance of our partnerships, and the high level of
program and services offered at Abraham House. This also highlights, how for
this population of society, one’s deep desire for change alone may not be
enough - however a combination of supportive services, resources, advocacy and
a helping hand are also essential for a positive outcome.