Exodus Transitional Community

Exodus Transitional Community provides supportive services to formerly incarcerated men and women. 

Mission: Exodus Transitional Community provides supportive services to formerly incarcerated men and women to help them reintegrate into their communities, achieve social and economic wellbeing, and break the cycle of recidivism.

Our volunteers working with Exodus staff and participants created a series of 10-week job readiness and financial planning workshops— every year these workshops have grown and volunteers have forged lasting relationships with participants!
Exodus’ supports a holistic approach to re-entry, targeting key areas: employment, education, family, spirituality, health and community involvement.
Exodus now also partners with HFNY Affiliate, Open Hands Legal Services. Volunteers from Open Hands provide quarterly Legal Aid Desks with free access to legal aid for Exodus participants.

10-week Workshop: 

  • Volunteers lead workshops in pairs on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00PM on topics such as effective job searching, networking, mock interviews, budget making and implementing, and problem solving in the workplace.

Because volunteers are asked to commit to a 10-week workshop series and positions are limited, volunteer opportunities may not be listed below for new volunteer sign ups. Please check back in the Spring when we will kick off another series and recruit new volunteers to join.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

See below to sign up for these opportunities.
“Once a week, I help lead a job readiness training program that covers such topics as interviewing, resume writing, and networking. By spending my time mentoring these men and women, God has shown me how I can serve Him by sharing what He’s given me with others. Most of the participants at Exodus were never taught the basic skill sets essential for obtaining employment. In my own life, God has blessed me with many great teachers and mentors. Through these blessings from God, I have been given the tools to help improve the lives of these men and women.”
Blake, Volunteer
Seeking the Shalom of NYC through City Walks
March 13, 2016
On March 12, Redeemer Grace & Race, Redeemer City to City and Hope for New York co-sponsored City Walks in neighborhoods across the city. Hally Chu, a Hope for New York volunteer with Exodus Transitional Community, shares about her experience in the East Harlem walk.
What we learned from Tim Keller & Bryan Stevenson last week
May 24, 2016
Last week, in an event co-sponsored by Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Center for Faith and Work, and Hope for New York, Tim Keller & Bryan Stevenson spoke about race, reconciliation, mass incarceration, systemic injustice, and the church. The discussion was equal parts heartbreaking, challenging, and inspiring, and we've shared some of our key takeaways here.
4 ways to pray for our neighbors who are or have been incarcerated
June 08, 2016
This week, in conjunction with our “Hope after Prison” workshop, we hope you will join us as we pray for our justice system and for those currently or formerly incarcerated.
Meet Awesome Volunteer Blake DeBoer
June 15, 2016
Meet Blake (pictured on right). Blake is a web developer and part of the Redeemer Downtown congregation. For the past three years, Blake has been faithfully serving with HFNY at the Exodus Transitional Community.
Takeaways from our Hope After Prison Workshop
June 22, 2016
During our “Hope After Prison” workshop on June 8, we heard from four creative and inspiring New York City leaders about their work to empower men and women who have been incarcerated. We were challenged to re-think how we engage with men and women who are returning home from prison, who face very real challenges and barriers to re-entry even after they have served their time.
Prayers for the Formerly Incarcerated
May 04, 2017
The U.S. comprises five percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. Upon returning home, formerly incarcerated people often struggle with substance abuse, lack of education and employment skills, limited housing options, and mental health issues. Let's pray for these neighbors of ours.
Recognizing Four Mercy & Justice Champions
June 20, 2017
We’re shouting out four awesome volunteer leaders, whose actions exhibit a lifestyle of mercy and justice that reflects a heart for our poor and marginalized neighbors. Learn more about what inspires us to consider them our Mercy & Justice Champions.