Rising Hope, Inc.

We provide 1 year of free college-level education to prison inmates at 4 NY State prisons. Students earn a Certificate in Ministry and Human Services. It is open to men of all faith traditions. We are affiliated with Nyack College of Nyack, NY. During our first 15 years, we graduated more than 1,000 men. Many of our graduates have gone on to earn bachelors and even masters degrees.

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Who We Are

Rising Hope is an all-volunteer, interfaith organization providing 1 year of free college education to men in 4 New York State prisons. We respect all faith traditions. Our goal is academic excellence, not proselytizing. But while we are awakening the students' intellectual abilities, we help them form a community of seekers which grows in their faith and sense of personal responsibility. We invite you to join us in our important work.

Our Vision

Rising Hope, Inc., helps prisoners grow intellectually, spiritually, morally, socially, & vocationally. We equip them to benefit themselves, their families & communities. We: provide 1 year of college education; promote earning academic degrees after release; explore religions from an academic perspective; study the divine call to personal transformation and service; examine their lives in light of their own religious tradition; promote fellowship & peacemaking while in prison & after.

Types Of Activity

The Certificate in Ministry and Human Services program includes, but is not limited to:

English Composition; The Hebrew Bible; The Christian Scriptures; Contemporary Theology; Introduction to Ethics; History of Christianity I & II; Sociology of Religion; World Religions; Pastoral Counseling; Social Work.


All of our prisons are in southern New York State. The program is running at the following 4 prisons: Sing Sing C.F.; Fishkill C.F.; Green Haven C.F.; and Woodbourne C.F. There is a waiting list of prisons who want us to open a branch with them. The only thing which prevents us from expanding our program into these prisons is a shortage of qualified volunteers to teach the courses and coordinate the programs.

About Our Prison Ministry

We are affiliated with Nyack College of Nyack, New York. Nyack is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and New York State.

Support In

Volunteers to teach our courses. Volunteers to act as program coordinators at the individual prisons. Volunteers to be mentors to our students.


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