This is My New Hour
New Hour was founded to provide meaningful support to current and formerly incarcerated women, their children and families. We build community to promote successful re-entry and lasting reintegration, and to reform unjust criminal justice system policies. We empower directly impacted people to utilize their lived experiences to create lasting reforms to the carceral system.
A New Way of Life
Belzer Charitable Trust
Capital One Giving
The Charles T. Bauer Family Foundation
Circle for Justice Innovations
The Jewish Communal Fund, Malka Fund
The Good Neighbors Fund
The Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund
The Knapp-Swezey Foundation
Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Inc.
Long Island Racial Equity Donor Collaborative
LICF’s Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund
New York Community Trust
The New York Women's Foundation
The Patrina Foundation
The Sunshine Foundation
UU Congregation Shelter Rock Women’s Committee
In 2013, a small group of volunteers began mentoring women in the Riverhead Correctional Facility. One of the volunteers was Mrs. Patty Kraus. She and others quickly realized there were almost no re-entry or supportive services for women. As a result Mrs. Kraus and her husband, Mr. George Kraus, became New Hour's founding donors after being introduced to Serena Liguori through Sister Tesa Fitzgerald of Hour Children. Ms. Liguori developed a vision plan which, with the help of the Krauses' generous seed funding and founding board members, created New Hour.
Programs & Flyers
Weekly Jail Programming in both Nassau & Suffolk Facilities
Financial Education Workshops
Join the Long Island Social Justice Action Network (LISJAN)
Holiday Assistance - Flyer Coming Soon!
New Hour's vision is to empower justice impacted women and provide successful support for mothers and children. We recognize the critical role mothers play—often as the primary caretakers for their children. We understand the need for specialized support for mothers whose pathways to prison or jail are often tied to domestic violence or substance abuse. By providing parenting skills, work skills, and wellness programs during and after incarceration, we aim to give women the tools needed to become powerful change agents for themselves, their community and their children.
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Meet the Staff
New Hour Board
We are grateful for our founders circle, who paved the way with a vision for the work we continue to do today.
Maria Del Rio
Anthony LaPinta, Esq.
Hon. Michael Mullen
Paul J. Tonna
New Hour is thankful for all the people who have joined us on our mission.
Our Amazing Volunteers
Marianna Hoitt-Lange & The Wells Cafe
The Book Revue, Huntington
All of our past interns & staff.
Rusti Miller Hill