Prodigal Sons & Daughters (PSD) aims to protect and prevent our children from following those bent on guiding them in the direction of crime, violence and all acts resulting in the deterioration of our community. We want to tap the resources and economic strengthens of
the community to support our youth and adults, while re-establishing the ties of relationship between men, women and children (in the home) which rob us of the ability to succeed in the nature of a family unit.
PSD sets the example of how we should conduct ourselves, while understanding that the world cannot respect or accept us as an equal until we do so. We aim to become self-governing and self sufficient once the means are acquired; to rid ourselves of chemical abuse, prostitution, homelessness and illiteracy by taking full responsibility to utilize and qualify the people in our midst.
PSD wants to clean up and maintain the physical atmosphere of our environment whether we own the physical properties or not, since we're the ones that must live in them, and to raise an army of our young people, to be trained and qualified to undermine the negativeaspects of our community that promote self destruction. Lastly we aim to teach and show general respect, love and appreciation for all people and the peace that good deeds create between them while teaching and demonstrating self love, awareness and respect which is the power to achieve all things.
Success for Prodigal Sons & Daughters is the ability to take so-called "high risk" former offenders and raise them from social liability to
social asset. Hence our tag-line, "From Worst to First." We adopted this as a goal in 1989 at our inception, long before many recognized
the present crisis.
Our aim was to produce a prototype, an elite corps of individuals that would transcend the previous expectations by first instilling in them a philosophy of helping self first, then rebuilding lost relationships with family, friends and society. This is the pre-requisite of success; re-deeming themselves through positive interaction allows them to declare: "It's Not What We Did, It's What We're Doing Now!"
Robert Pearson is the National President of Prodigal Sons & Daughters Redirectional Services, Inc. and one of the original architects dating back to 1989. Robert was featured on Good Day New York recruiting and promoting the Mentoring and Life Skills Training Program of Prodigal Sons and Daughters
New York Times best selling author, Wahida Clark is the Vice President of Prodigal Sons & Daughters Redirectional Services. Since 2008, she has been assisting in the progression of PSD. She is also a member of the first graduating class of PSD in 2008. With motivational, mentoring, and teaching from personal experience, Clark is an essential asset to the orginization.
Edward Barry is an original (1985) architect of PSD. From the inception of PSD, Barry has had his hands involved. He is also one of the first graduates of the program in 2008. Currently he is the executive director of the Trenton, NJ field office. In addition to his daily responsibilities, he also teaches a mentoring class at the Albert M. Bo Robinson Community Training Center in Trenton, NJ.
Membership in Prodigal Sons & Daughters (PSD) is a positive and powerful alternative from the negative criminal lifestyle. PSD was created, governed and maintained over the past 21 years by former criminal offenders. PSD has invested in the redemption of these social deviants by constructing programs and services that nurture positive growth potential. Applicants for membership must submit to the signing of contracts that commit them to a thorough overhaul of character and physical improvement. They are then sent back to their families and communities to make amends and improvements.
Services are usually initiated through outreach activities such as speaking engagements, seminars, workshops, and community socials. Office walk-ins, phone consultations and direct referrals are a more common means of providing assistance.
1. Schedule an appointment with PSD
2. Complete the Intake Assessment
3. Complete the Life Skills Mentoring Seminar & Workshop
4. After completion of the Life Skills Mentoring Seminar & Workshop, the member will be referred for various employment, educational and interniship opportunites. At this point a graduated member may become a mentor.
5. PSD member must make follow up calls and visits with a PSD Facilitator
6. During the entire membership process, participants may come into the PSD office to use computers, and complete GED classes.
Mentorship and Life Skills Training has proved to be one of the most thorough tools for transition into society. It is a 12-week overview of both society's demands and demands individuals must place on themselves. This system is essential in measuring the readiness of former offenders not only for society, i.e. work, family and freedom, but for membership and fraternity in Prodigal Sons and Daughters.
One Hundred Successful Ex-offenders Seminar and Workshop is an event conducted every season (4 times a year). This event highlights the success of former offenders, effective services and the steps to achieving good results. The ex-offenders, their families and others who attend these sessions are engaged by peers who have successfully redirected after criminal or addictive experiences. Participants are schooled in techniques and principles used by the PSD fraternity to find stability in their lives.
Other Programs and Services presently offered or planned for the near future are: Progress Report Magazine, Paradise Gardens and Green House Construction, PSD Family Support System, PSD Culinary Arts, PSD Soup and Sandwich Shop, PSD Printing and Publishing, PSD Labor For Favors Work Readiness Program. PSD Transitional Housing Program. PSD Computer Training and GED Classes.
Below you can find information on how to contact us to apply for the program, or if you have questions on how to donate to the Prodigal Sons and Daughters Organization.
The Prodigal Sons & Daughters are interested in contracting with employers, parolees, at-risk adults and youth that are serious about a thorough and complete change, as well as being participants in the improvement of our communities. You must be willing to participate in such activities as a requirement for membership or to become mentors.
Prodigal Sons & Daughters
Redirection Services, Inc.
134 Evergreen Pl., Suite 6002
East Orange, NJ 07018