I was incarcerated around 2016 and Chelsea (GOSO Senior Career Manager and Director of Reentry Services) used to come from GOSO to visit me. She told me all about the program and encouraged me to join. We stayed in touch throughout my incarceration— she would send me books and holiday cards.
How did you get involved with GOSO and what programs have been the most helpful? My nephew was in the program and he told me
I grew up in Harlem; it’s where I went to school, played basketball, all of that. At a young age, I got caught up in things that led me to Rikers Island when I was 16 years old. When I came out after 1 year there, I was working towards doing something good with my life, and then I got caught up in a different situation that wasn’t my fault. Everyone that I knew was arrested. That’s when I went to prison upstate, where I spent 25 months.
Today is the final day of Black History Month, and to finish it off right our guys have been sharing with us their personal reflections, important projects, heroes, and creative talents.
Michael Thorne recently took the time to consider how GOSO has impacted his life: Before I came to GOSO I was truly a different person than
Mr. Goldsmith, Hello, it’s been a long time since we’ve last saw/spoke to each other. I have to say that I’ve been living in a
The first day I ever heard of GOSO, I wanted to be a part of it because of the good things that they do, such
Throughout my life I have faced many obstacles. One major hurdle has been discrimination based on my race. My life has been even more complicated