Greenhope, located in East Harlem, New York, has been serving women involved in the criminal justice system since 1975. Most treatment programs, founded almost that many years ago, were being developed for men only, but Greenhope was visionary and understood that the new drug laws would have a dramatically adverse affect upon women. Indeed, since that time, women's imprisonment has increased. Today, Greenhope is one of the most comprehensive woman-centered programs in the state of New York, and in the country, that provides alternative to incarceration and reentry services. We serve over 400 women annually in both our outpatient, residential and housing programs.
In 2011, Greenhope developed and opened its new home, Kandake House, an eight-story, state-of-the art, "green" building that has 100-bed capacity more than double our previous capacity which enables us to serve 72 women in residence, 28 of whom are mothers with their children (ages 0-5years). Through our Rising Mothers Program, mothers receive experiential parenting skills support, participate in joint group activities that foster healthy bonding, and receive training and support around activities of daily living. Greenhope mothers now have the opportunity to address their issues with addiction, mental health and other challenges while also reestablishing their parental relationships and forging bonds of attachment with their children.
At Greenhope, we help women involved in the criminal justice system, who also have a substance abuse addiction, to reclaim and rebuild their lives - which means getting sober, staying out of prison, finding work, securing housing and mending broken relationships with their children, significant others and family members. We create a safe environment where women can and must come to terms with themselves and move forward. Greenhope has a uniquely woman-centered treatment approach. We emphasize the importance of women having choices and using their voices. Women can choose to "do" time or they can take a chance on hope at Greenhope. We are here to help women use their voice to fight for their dreams. We empower them to speak about the issues that influenced their choices. Greenhope women are survivors. We call them our warrior women.
Greenhope is often the last resort for women and by extension for their children. During their sojourn with us, the hope that is temporarily displaced within them is painstakingly restored. As a result, they want so much more than mere survival now. The women of Greenhope are choosing to live this life and to live it more abundantly and, with your help, they are succeeding.
Dr. Alethea Simon, CRC
President and Executive Director
ABOUT DR. ALETHEA SIMONDr. Alethea Simon, RhD, CRC is the President and Executive Director of Greenhope Services for Women. Dr. Simon has 19 years of professional experience including staff development, university teaching, serving women and youth, and working with the criminal justice community. Dr. Simon holds a doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, a MA from New York University in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). In 2013, Dr. Simon was selected as a Fellow of the New York University's Research for Leadership in Action’s inaugural IGNITE Fellowship for Women of Color in the Social Sector.
As Greenhope’s Vice President of Programs and Policy, she formulated and administered clinical services, developed grants, devised program policies, planned long range goals and objectives, and reviewed data to determine department or division progress toward stated goals and objectives. On behalf of Greenhope Services for Women, she serves as a liaison for the New York City Alternative to Incarceration Coalition, is a member of the NY County Behavioral Health Diversion Forum, and is a member of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive committee "Work for Success," employment initiative for the formerly incarcerated. She is also the co-chair of the Manhattan Recovery Community Coalition.
Dr. Simon has served as adjunct professor at New York University, NYACK College and The College of New Rochelle teaching topics such as research methods and statistics, career counseling, and medical aspects of disabilities. As an educator, Dr. Simon is constantly seeking creative ways to foster a dynamic learning environment and promote creative thinking in the classroom.