Network is a Therapeutic Reentry and Community Reintegration Program that seeks to reinforce and sustain the positive change that has taken place as a result of prison programming during incarceration. Intensive therapeutic support and transitional services are available to individuals returning to targeted communities in New York City with disproportionately high crime and incarceration rates.
Network’s goal is to provide a seamless transition to men and women coming straight from prison by offering therapeutic and practical services that promote lasting recovery from substance abuse and criminal behaviors.
Network staff members guide formerly incarcerated individuals through the adjustment problems that make transition a difficult process, particularly when seeking employment, and, in the case of unsupported individuals with “old’ thinking patterns, increase the danger of relapse or recidivism. The 500 Participants enrolled in Network each year receive 16 weeks of intensive cognitive behavioral therapeutic support, substance-abuse prevention services, anger management training, employment services and, based on need, a wide range of reentry services, in-house and by referral.
WHAT MAKES REENTRY SO CHALLENGING?
No employment skills
Difficulty finding a job even with skills
Nowhere to live
Lack of money and financial penalties
Estrangement from family
In the safe space created by Network in the Community, participants receive the therapeutic and practical support and sense of stability they need to overcome these challenges. Over the years, the majority have reintegrated successfully, becoming stakeholders in their home communities, reliable workers, case managers, professionals, family providers and leaders in different fields.
Network has consistently been recognized as one of the most effective agencies in the field, understanding and giving form to the vital connection between “in custody” care and “in community” preparation and follow-up. Network is proud of its outstanding ability to keep formerly-incarcerated men and women from going back to prison, with a remarkable 3-year recidivism rate of 8% compared to almost 40% for New York State and 75% for the nation as a whole.
Zato Jenkins Former Woodbourne Network Community member Network in the Community participant Master Chef -2016
2014 Graduates of the Raising My Voice Initiative, a project in partnership with the Harlem Community Justice Center and the Interfaith Center of New York.
Network Support Services, Inc. 555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Floor Bronx, NY 10455 Tel 1: 347-584-8601 | Tel 2: 845-247-3943 | Fax: 845-853-1508 E-Mail: Contact@networkssi.org