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About Second Chance Reentry

BACKGROUND

WHO WE SERVE

Second Chance Reentry, Inc. (SCR) was founded in 2009 by a prison practitioner, an inmate, and a medical discharge nurse impassioned by their experiences at the East Meadow Correctional Facility, joined forces to address the lack of reentry specific services and support available for individuals released from county jails on Long Island.

SCR was developed primarily in response to a failing healthcare system within the local jail, a lack of adequate discharge planning services available to inmates awaiting release, and a scarcity of reentry-specific resources and housing available on Long Island, NY.

In 2009, we initially collaborated with Mount Sinai Hospital to conduct healthcare symposiums educating healthcare clinicians and social service providers about the emerging needs of HIV and Hepatitis C positive inmates being released to the Long Island community.

SCR organized and facilitated three successful large-scale symposiums, one at Hofstra University in East Meadow, L.I., in 2009, the 2nd at the Four Points Sheraton in Melville, L.I., in 2010, and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, N.Y. in 2012, attended by over 80 physicians, nurses, social workers, and other community service providers from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Nassau County, which notably is the 3rd most segregated district in the United States with pockets of racialized poverty due to a long history of economic and housing-related segregation, over-policing and mass criminalization of low-income neighborhoods of color.

More specifically in the town of Hempstead where 2/3rd of the population is Hispanic and African American, which borders Garden City an affluent suburb of Nassau, economic decline, housing inefficiencies, dilapidated homes, and small neighborhood business struggle to survive the high cost of rent, utilities, and taxes.

At SCR, we concentrate our efforts to serve individuals released from county jail who identify as homeless or greatly at-risk of homelessness upon release.

However, we understand that any form of criminal justice involvement is a barrier to success, therefore our services are open to anyone with a past or recent criminal justice experience.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Patricia Dellatto, Np., Founder and Chairperson
  • Pamela Neely, Founder and Co-Director
  • Barbara Sisti, BSN-Nurse Educator- Hunter Business School & DeVry University
  • Susanne Marra, fm. Suffolk County Correctional Officer
  • Barbara Allen, Founder of Prison Families Anonymous-LI
  • Emily Klein, NYS LMSW, Seafield Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Center
  • Jashwan Fredricks, fm. United States Congressional Intern, NYC Department of Housing and Preservation

Tina Wolf, Executive Director of Community Action for Social Justice Needle Exchange

Serena Ligouri, Executive Director of New Hour for Women and Children

SANDY GUILLAME

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sandy Guillaume drives SCR’s vision and mission, and the administration of programs and activities.

A formerly incarcerated individual herself, Sandy Guillaume completed her Master’s in Public Administration at City College of New York’s Colin L. Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership in 2013.

Sandy worked at CitiWide Harm Reduction a South Bronx needle exchange, where she rose rapidly through the organization beginning as a participant in the Herizen Peer Education program, then every position in between to become the program coordinator of the Community Education Department.

Sandy managed the Herizen Peer Education program, the Street Sex Worker Outreach project, and a SAMHSA-funded study to engage and recruit street-based substance using sex workers for HIV and Hepatitis C testing and counseling.

Sandy’s professional experiences include working as a consultant for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, coordinating recruitment of homeless PLWHA for a HOPWA research study evaluating and comparing housing outcomes and high-risk behavior changes among individuals residing in NYC emergency single room occupancy hotels.

Prior to working with the NYCDOHMH, Sandy served as Harm Reduction Specialist at Bailey House for almost two years, where she managed HIV and Hepatitis C screening initiatives for active substance users, outreach, recruitment, and enrollment activities for the Transitional Care Coordination (TCC) program, and coordinated the training and evaluation of the Community Outreach Peer Education (COPE) program and its participants.

Sandy also sat on the NYC HIV Health & Human Services Planning Council, and was a member of the Policy and Integration of Care Committees from 2011 to 2013.

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Sandy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Best Practice Policy Project (BPPP) and is a member of Desiree Alliance’s Strategic Committee.

Two non-profits dedicated to supporting organizations and advocates working with sex workers throughout the United States by producing materials for policy advocacy, addressing research and academic concerns, and providing organizations and advocates with technical assistance.

 In 2014, she co-founded Community Action for Social Justice Long Island’s first public health program targeting injection drug users in Suffolk County. In 2016, Sandy stepped down from the Board of Directors and became a staff member to expand needle exchange services in Nassau County.

Today, Sandy volunteers her personal time to lead Second Chance Reentry to be able to offer opportunities to individuals once like herself seeking a second chance.

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