IMPORTANT NEWS FROM THE PROGRAM, IT’S ABOUT CHANGE REGARDING COVID-19

Given the current circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and recommendations from local, state and federal officials, both offices of The Program, It’s About Change are functioning under by-appointment-only schedules for in-person services until further notice. The Program, It’s About Change is also taking advantage of all available methods of technology in order to maintain operations and continue providing services to our clients.

If you are in need of assistance, please contact:

Alexis Gosik, Director of Operations at a.gosik@theprogramitsaboutchange.org

AliceAnne Frost, CEO at a.frost@theprogramitsaboutchange.org


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OUR SERVICES AND PROGRAMS


Leaving prison after 24 years was like landing in another country with nothing but the clothes on your back…minus the clothes on your back.  I was terrified that I’d forever be judged based upon my worst moment; that I’d never be accepted back into society.  It felt like I had a tattoo on my forehead that read “Excon.” Out of fear, caution, and a bit of hope, I enrolled in The Program.  In retrospect, it was one of the best decisions I made. I was teamed up with a Mentor, Keith, who has helped me in so many ways.  Keith listens to my concerns, lends invaluable advice / guidance, and connects me to resources I didn’t know existed.  I’ve been out for nine (9) months now, and am doing great.  I am employed, compliant with all the rules of parole, and have a strong support system.  If not for The Program, I may have fallen into the cycle of recidivism that sends 75% of offenders back to prison.  Because of The Program, I am proof that successful reentry is possible with adequate resources.

Kurt Danysh

The Program has helped me because, by them paying my rent, I was able to catch up on other bills. It took stress off of me for the 6 months knowing that my rent would be paid, on time, every month. The Program assisted me in tension I was having with my landlord. It allowed me to take money that I would have had to pay for rent and do special things with my mom, my brother and my nieces so we can make memories and bond, being I was locked away upstate for three years. The financial literacy class was good and it helped me learn about saving my money and understand my credit. Anytime I needed to talk, they would listen to me.

Waleska Guadalupe