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“When we start by working with these young men, who are 16 to 24 [years old], on the goals they have for themselves in education and employment, their capacity is limitless.” – Dr. Jocelynne Rainey, president and CEO of Getting Out and Staying Out
When you look beyond the headlines about gun violence in New York City and actually spend some time in neighborhoods like East Harlem, it is clear that what our community doesn’t need is increased policing and incarceration — what we need is more basic resources and opportunities.
A non-profit that works to redirect young men from a life a crime is expanding into a new headquarters space in East Harlem.
The social justice nonprofit Getting Out and Staying Out has landed a deal for almost 18,500 square feet of space in East Harlem, providing a slight boost to Manhattan’s office market as it continues to struggle amid the pandemic.
Jocelynne Rainey, GOSO: “The momentum growing from the Black Lives Matter movement – and the desire of funders to support work that directly addresses racism – presents an important opportunity for nonprofits to examine the work we are doing.”
Every day at 7 p.m., we go outside to cheer the people caring for us, feeding us and keeping our city running during the Covid-19 crisis. I know some of these people firsthand.
Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) of East Harlem, is partnering with Great Performances and the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) to provide 60,000 meals a week and is also donating 100 meals daily in the south Bronx and Pelham Gardens. Great Performances is hiring GOSO clients to prepare the meals.
“I believe that everyone deserves a second chance, no matter who you are or where you come from,” says Anthony. “[GOSO] wants you to feel like your past is your past and you don’t want to come back from where you came from, and they make you want to do better, adjust your life to something positive.”
A recent article in Bon Appétit offered a valuable look at ways in which some restaurant industry employers are using socially-conscious hiring practices to do empower their communities. One major impact the industry is having is on recidivism — the cycle of justice-involved people who are re-arrested.