Empowering Women And Children Impacted By The Criminal Justice System

My work here at New Hour has been centered around one mission: To do everything I can to uplift women, children, and families who have been impacted by incarceration.

This presents itself in a number of ways. Sometimes, it's providing clothes, transportation, food, resumé support and emotional empowerment to women returning home from prison and jail. Other times, it's taking our voices to decision-makers like lawmakers in Albany to urge them to create more equitable criminal justice policies.

Last week, we uplifted families by giving them a safe and fun way to celebrate Easter
Our Easter gathering saw New Hour families gather for an Easter egg hunt with donations of over 85 baskets to ease the financial strain of the holiday on our children with a parent impacted by incarceration. We provided a safe space for mothers and children to enjoy healthy interactions together at the farm on the premises of the Sisters of St. Joseph's.

We have much work to do. This Monday, April 25th, we will join New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, The People’s Campaign for Parole Justice, Common Justice and some of the state’s leading victim/survivor groups for an advocacy day in Albany in support of parole reforms and to urge fair access to victim compensation. And on Tuesday, April 26th we will join the Communities Not Cages initiative to call for sentencing reforms.

Together, these initiatives promote pathways to redemption for incarcerated people and their families, access to key resources for victims and survivors, and a framework for what real healing and safety can look like.

Can you join us on April 25th or April 26th? RSVP HERE to get on the bus with us and share this message with your colleagues, friends, and neighbors. We’d be so grateful for your support.

In solidarity,

Serena & the New Hour Team