Category Archives: Community

Access To Higher Ed: An Enigma For Students With Criminal Records

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When we think of reforming our criminal-justice system, we often focus on helping people transition from prison to the community, on securing employment and housing, and on providing  greater access to substance abuse and mental health counseling services, as all…Read More

Categories: Community, Events

SAVE THE DATE: The Fortune Society’s Spring Soiree

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Our Junior Committee and Co-chairs, Luke Weil, John Forte, Louise Tabbiner, Katherine Keating, Dee Dee Sides and Ben Bronfman presents our Spring Soiree 2015. Our honoree will be Micheal K. Williams. Formal invitation to follow.

Categories: Community, Events, Featured

Fortune’s BLC: Addressing The Trauma Of Clients And Reducing Its Symptoms

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A formal diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), when being treated in a clinical environment, must meet specific criteria as defined in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM V). Generally, this diagnosis involves exposure to actual…Read More

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The Beautiful Thing About Participatory Budgeting

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a civic engagement tool that brings people together to share ideas about local capital improvements, and then they work with each other and their government officials to prioritize the projects that matter most. Finally, they vote…Read More

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The Fortune Society Presents Cooking Demonstrations

Friday, March 20, 2015

Please join us at Castle Gardens for our weekly cooking demonstrations.  Presented by Just Food Community Chef Margaret Schehl, demonstrations use fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and are held in the lobby of Castle Gardens, part of our residential and service…Read More

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Fortune’s Michelle Diaz – “The Hat Changer” – Named To Annie E. Casey Youth Advisory Council

Fortune Society clients who are now allowed to wear their hats inside the Agency can thank Michelle Diaz who was instrumental in changing the “no hats” rule that had been in place for many years. Michelle, who has never been…Read More

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Traveling To Upstate New York – And Back In Time 26 Years

I often wonder — even after so many years — why I still get a funny feeling in my stomach when I’m traveling to upstate New York. After all, my purpose for this trip is a lot different from the…Read More

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Fortune Supports Making Healthy Food Choices

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Fortune Society understands that it is nearly impossible to build a better future if your basic needs aren’t being met. In 2011, we worked with a group of students from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service to determine that…Read More

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You Can Judge A Society By How Well It Treats People In Its Prisons

Monday, March 9, 2015

Frederick Douglass — the social reformer, orator, and former slave — once said, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In no place is this truer today than in our jails and prisons. We have given birth to a system…Read More

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Proving That All Our Stories Matter

Monday, March 2, 2015

Proving That All Our Stories Matter The Fortune Society opened its Media Workshop in 2009 motivated by the conviction that all our stories matter and that we all matter to our unfolding shared communal history. We are all called upon…Read More

Categories: Community, Events


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