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52 Green Street (First Reformed Church), Hudson, New York 12534, United States
Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:30 am to 4 pm : By appointment
Our vision is to create a community that fosters desistance by helping people enmeshed in the criminal justice system to form healthier relationships, advance educational and vocational goals, nurture independence, and participate positively in the civic and cultural life of their communities.
Our mission is to help our clients successfully rejoin their community by guiding and supporting them throughout the transition process. ReEntry Columbia provides referrals and services for men and women released from incarceration to Columbia County, New York.
Our goals are to: reduce recidivism; increase public safety; help clients become independent productive citizens; and decrease county expenses associated with unaddressed needs of returning citizens.
Laurie is an original member of the ReEntry Columbia board and came on as director in 2016. Retired from both Dutchess Community College as a prison program coordinator and the NYSDOCCS as a correctional counselor, she worked at DFY Harlem Valley, and Green Haven, Fishkill, and Sullivan prisons.
She has a BS in Criminal Justice from Pace University and a lifetime interest in reclaiming potential. Laurie is also a CASAC with experience in outpatient and residential drug treatment. She is certified as a facilitator in a number of programs and has volunteered with Alternatives to Violence Project since the 1990’s.
ReEntry Columbia opened our doors on April 15, 2013 in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church in Hudson. Lynn Rothenberg and Carolyn Polikarpus cofounded the agency with a grant from the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. We moved to our current offices in the First Reformed Church at 52 Green St in Hudson in November 2013. Our initial efforts to provide support and referrals for those with criminal justice involvement in Columbia County has grown to include classes and programs in Columbia County Jail and Columbia County Probation. The bi-monthly Task Force Meetings have grown to encompass numerous agencies and organizations in the county and beyond.
Our current staff is Laurie Scott, Executive Director and Carolyn Polikarpus, Case Manager.