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Abraham House offers the incarcerated and their relatives a place of hope and community, where lives can be rebuilt, families mended, lessons learned and men, women and children, deeply marked by crime receive the social, practical, and spiritual tools to become productive citizens.
Abraham House was founded in 1993 by Catholic prison chaplains and Baptist Department of Corrections officers in response to what they had witnessed through their work on Riker's Island. To the founders, it seemed the prisons simply warehoused offenders, few opportunities for rehabilitation existed, and the jails were only creating better criminals. After completing their sentences offenders were ill-equipped to find a job that paid a living wage and struggled to reconnect emotionally with their families and find some measure of respect in the community.
Abraham House provides the link for the offenders and families to reconnect and rebuild their lives.
Abraham House is located in the South Bronx which offers a holistic solution to the problems of recidivism and breaking the cycle of criminal behavior. We offer an Alternative to Incarceration program and related services to strengthen the families of the incarcerated. These services include an After School Program, a Family and Pastoral Center, and a Community Outreach Program. Our overarching goal is to break the cycle of poverty and crime that runs through the families of the incarcerated.
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