What We Do

 
 

Contemplation

 

In 2016, Thrive For Life brought retreats, spiritual exercises, and accompaniment to more than 500 women and men in five federal (BOP), state (NYSDOCCS), and municipal (NYCDOC) correction facilities in the New York City region. We have made ongoing commitments to individuals serving time at the Manhattan Detention Complex, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Otistville Correctional Facility, Rikers Island, and Walkill Correctional Facility.


Our retreats combine guided meditations and reflections with group sharing and discussions to help inmates develop the ability to turn inward and listen, and then to understand and articulate their thoughts and emotions.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Action

Thrive For Life builds relationships with individuals while they’re incarcerated and then continues nurturing those connections on the outside. This continuity of care is essential to our mission. We understand where people have been and what they’ve been through. Mutual respect and trust form the bridge between the inside and the outside.

On the outside, our reentry services focus on three areas:

 

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Soon, Thrive For Life is opening the Ignacio House of Studies in the Bronx. Ignacio House will provide safe, stable, and individual housing for formerly incarcerated individuals, as well as housing services, life skills workshops, support groups, and mentoring.

 

Click here for more info on Ignacio House

 

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We’ve formed partnerships with Manhattan College, NYU, Fordham University, the CUNY system and other local universities, arranged for Thrive For Life Scholarships, and provided research training and academic mentoring to formerly incarcerated individuals who are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.

In partnership with NYU, CUNY, Fordham University and the New York Public Library, Thrive For Life has also established libraries within the Manhattan Detention Complex, Otisville State Correctional Facility, and Rikers Island, with more than 2,000 books.  

 

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In partnership with local employers, Thrive For Life provides workforce training and job opportunities in a variety of industries. We also provide employment support, from equipment and transportation help to application and resume assistance.