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At an IPP Advisory Committee meeting we learned from Janet Donat that the Family Services of Westchester, Inc., was awarded a grant to provide various reentry support services to assist individuals returning from prison to transition back into the community, with the County of Westchester having the sole option to renew the term of the agreement for up to four (4) one-year renewal terms.
In our work with the women in the two NYS DOCCS facilities in our Bedford, NY community we were aware that there is no transitional housing in the County of Westchester for women who are released.
These two situations presented IPP an opportunity that resulted in Advisory Council members Pamela Zimba and Janet Donat to volunteer to Co-Chair our new Transitional Housing Committee.
Working with them will be fellow IPP Advisory Council members Dr. Abdus-Salaam Musa, Rev. Siobhan Sargent, IPP Program Coordinator, Sharon Griest Ballen, and from Hour Children, Inc., Patricia Daly and Deb Rigano.