Category Archives: Community

From Fortune Client to Education Counselor

Monday, October 24, 2016

Osi Gerald  Education Counselor The Fortune Society I was first introduced to the importance of education for justice-involved people at the age of 18, as a Fortune client. During my time in our Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) program, the teachers…Read More

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Inspiring Voices as a Fortune Teacher

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Brittany Smith Teacher, Education Services The Fortune Society Picture this: It’s the first day of class. Some students are scrolling through their phones and others are just sitting and waiting. I walk in the classroom trying to appear confident, but…Read More

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Reflections From a Fortune ATI Counselor

Monday, October 3, 2016

  Carlos Flores Former ATI Counselor The Fortune Society Fortune’s ATI (Alternative to Incarceration) program is a path to radical transformation. As an ATI Counselor, I’ve experienced it firsthand, in informative and rewarding ways. I’ve had clients from as young…Read More

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Applauding SUNY’s Decision to #BanTheBox

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

In a major step forward for formerly incarcerated people, the State University of New York (SUNY) recently voted to remove the question about criminal history from its student application. This decision comes after the SUNY Board of Trustees heard testimony…Read More

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Remembering Attica: Words from David Rothenberg

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Forty-five years ago, I was a member of the Attica Observers Committee during the historic uprisings at Attica State Prison. These riots were organized by incarcerated people who demanded basic rights and more humane prison conditions. I was called to…Read More

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Meet Halimah, Actress for Social Change

Monday, September 12, 2016

I started working at The Fortune Society out of the desire to continue my fulfilling career in Human Services and become involved with Case Management. As a Transitional Specialist for our Drop-In Center, I travel to Rikers Island twice a…Read More

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Celebrating Labor and Overcoming its Barriers

Monday, August 29, 2016

Every year, we celebrate Labor Day to honor the workers who keep our economy thriving. From factory employees to administrative assistants, construction workers to chefs, millions of Americans work tirelessly for their families each day. In doing so, they uphold…Read More

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Acceptance Of Our Flaws Creates Room For Change

Monday, August 15, 2016

As a young man in my 20’s attending college, I read for the first time the German poet Rainer Rilke’s letter addressing youthful angst. He wrote, “The future stands firm my son, yet we move in infinite space.” This statement…Read More

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Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Individuals With Justice Involvement

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

During my time at The Fortune Society, I have come to appreciate an important component of our mission: never giving up on individuals with justice involvement regardless of how many chances they need at rebuilding their lives. I personally benefitted…Read More

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