Not only will 176 participants and alumni of our program have returned home to their families and communities by year-end, with both the support and life skills needed to succeed outside of prison, but the Hudson Link family has also found a permanent home in our new historic office building located at 23 State Street in Ossining, NY. A home where we can welcome and support our recently released alumni and provide a space for them to improve their computer skills such as learning how to use email and searching the internet; receive assistance with resume writing, job searches and interview preparation; and browse our clothing closet for business and interview attire. Take for example alumnus Alex T., a graduate of Hudson Link / Nyack College’s first graduating class in 2001, and the last remaining member of that class to be released.
After 25 years of incarceration, Alex was released on July 26th and reunited with his family and friends. His first stop, on the way to his new life, was to the Hudson Link office where we celebrated his first day of freedom. Following his visit to our office, Alex wrote to say: