Abraham House, Inc.

Bronx, NY   |  www.abrahamhouse.org

Mission

Abraham House's mission is to prevent criminal relapse among the incarcerated and to stop the intergenerational cycle of crime by offering individuals, youth, and families affected by incarceration and other societal ills a place of hope and community where lives can be rebuilt, families mended, and lessons learned; where men, women, and children receive the spiritual, social and practical tools to become productive citizens.

Serving former offenders and their families, as well as families in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx – one of the poorest neighborhoods in America – Abraham House works to address the root causes of poverty to move individuals and families away from the high risk factors of poverty and crime toward a life of self-sufficiency, stability, and opportunity. This is accomplished through three core programs tailored to each population it serves: The Alternative to Incarceration Program, After School Program, and Family and Pastoral Center.

Notes from the nonprofit

Abraham House offers a holistic Alternative to Incarceration Program and comprehensive services to strengthen families of the incarcerated and those living poverty. Our multi-faceted approach addresses the problems of criminality and recidivism by focusing not just on the criminal offender but the entire family – particularly children – and the community at large. We accomplish this through three core components: the Alternative to Incarceration Program, After School Program, and Family and Pastoral Center.

Abraham House reaches individuals and families living below the poverty line who have been deeply affected by incarceration and/or other high risk factors of urban poverty and crime. The majority of our participants are Latino, and many are new or recent immigrants. The ATI program serves primarily non-violent felony offenders of all races and nationalities. Historically, our participants have been predominantly Latino or African American males. Most have histories of substance abuse, are living below the poverty line, and some are recent immigrants. The Family and Pastoral Center serves families from the Mott Haven community, many of whom are spouses or direct relatives of the incarcerated or formerly incarcerated, and nearly all are living below the poverty line. The After School Program serves children Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 from the Mott Haven community of which 90% live below the poverty line and 10% at the poverty line. Abraham House does not discriminate based on socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and language.

Ruling year info

1946

Chairman

Mr. Bob Murphy

Deputy Executive Director

Ms. Althea Brooks

Main address

340 Willis Avenue

Bronx, NY 10454 USA

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EIN

13-3721924

NTEE code info

Services to Prisoners/Families (I43)

Prison Alternatives (I44)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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Alternative to Incarceration

We offer an alternative to incarceration for non-violent first-time offenders who can demonstrate that they want to change We expect individuals to take responsibility for their actions, undergo counseling, stay drug-free, get a high-school equivalency degree, and find and hold a job. The recidivism rate for people who complete our program is only 1.5%, compared with the national recidivism rate of nearly 70%. And this effectiveness is much more cost effective: it costs only $11,000 a year for us to support a person at Abraham House vs. $45,000 to keep them in prison.  We average five men at a time in our residential and 15 men and women in our non-residential program.

Population(s) Served

We work to break the cycle of incarceration that puts the children of the incarcerated at greater risk of dropping out of school, becoming a teen-age parent, and committing a crime. Our After School Program provides a safe year-round haven for the children of the families in our Family and Pastoral Center, most of whom have a direct link to incarceration. We tutor them, help them do well in school, and provide them with opportunities to realize all that they are capable of achieving—so they don’t end up following in the footsteps of their incarcerated relatives. Graduates of our program are now in college.

Population(s) Served

Believing that individuals caught up in the criminal justice system can only successfully turn their lives around with the support of their families, Abraham House offers the families of the incarcerated a safe place to gather and talk about their problems, make friends, and enjoy a weekend meal and bilingual church service.  We also offer a array of counseling support, referrals to social service programs, and a weekly food bank.  Together these programs serve between 400 and 500 families, mostly Spanish-speaking immigrants.

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Abraham House, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2016
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Board chair

Robert Murphy

ABC-TV

Br. Kevin Devlin, CFC Co-Chair

Robert Murphy Chair

ABC-TV

Msgr. Kevin L. Sullivan Sullivan Executice Director

Catholic Charities of New York

Sr. Rita Claus, LSG Director

Philip Dorian Director of Agency Services

Catholic Charities

John O'Connell Attorney

Legal Aid Society

Alan Shapiro Medical Director

South Bronx Health Center for Children and Families

David Archer Partner

Lone Pine Capital

Brent Benkovic Managing Director

Sandler Capital Management

Eric Cruz

Saint Frances de Chantal Church

Sarmad Khojasteh Associate

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP

Mark McCrane Associate

Mid Ocean Partners

William Phelan Chairman

Charter Brokerage LLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No