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Review for Step by Step of Rochester, Inc., Rochester, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Step by Step of Rochester dedicates itself wholeheartedly to improving the lives of women who have been touched by the criminal justice system. Their workshops in the county jail and state prison are meant to guide women through the difficult work of coming to terms with their lives and finding the beauty and strength in themselves. By using arts and crafts, writing exercises, and other activities, the workshops provide a valuable outlet for the women to reflect upon their actions, their identities, and the challenges ahead. The staff and volunteers convey deep respect for the women and make them the experts of their stories. SbS also does case management in the jails and helps connect women to community resources. Once out of jail and prison, SbS is a welcoming place for those women who wish to continue their journey. They offer facilitated group sessions, family outings, and retreats.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've observed workshops in Monroe Correctional Facility and Albion Prison and have seen the eagerness of the women to participate in the activities, share their stories, and discover their strengths.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The genuine love for the female prisoners and belief in their strengths. Also, the workshops are very well researched and written and the training of the volunteer facilitators is quite rigorous.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely dedicated, kind, and passionate people who truly believe in the necessity of the work they do and the potential in each female prisoner to realize her dreams.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Institute a rigorous evaluation system, publish its curriculum, spread its method to other communities, and hire more staff to do the work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I interned with SbS as part of my masters in public health degree and wrote my master's essay analyzing writings from the 'Claiming the Power of Our Voices' workshop.