Betty P. Rauch, Board Chair at The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society’s Staff Works Tirelessly To Deliver The Services That Change Lives

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Fortune Society is a complex organization with many moving parts, a staff of over 200, and a budget of $26 million.

Our complexity stems from our mission — “to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarceration.” To carry out our mission, we must provide the means and options for reentry, and also nurture and build three critical elements of success: hope, confidence, and self-esteem.

It’s a delicate, time-consuming, and essential part of our work. Our ability to do this successfully is Fortune’s hallmark.

So what does this complex organization look like? Here’s a short snapshot …

… Fortune’s day starts at 5:30 AM, five days a week, when our van picks up men and women who have been released from Rikers Island jail. They are brought to our Long Island City offices where the words “Welcome Home!” greet them. And, our team of receptionists will greet at least 20 other people who will walk in our doors to inquire and register for our services. Every one of them will see a counselor!

If you are in our Long Island City offices at lunch or dinner time, you will see some of the 200 people being served a warm, nutritious meal. Walk by our Better Living Center where clients receive psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluation, medical assessments, and referrals to address individual needs. Look into one of our classrooms where history, math, reading, and science classes are taught for clients pursuing their High School Equivalency Diplomas.

From helping younger men and women lead crime-free, productive lives (Alternatives to Incarceration Programs), to helping fathers reconnect with their families after many years apart (Family Services), to teaching men and women how to interview for jobs (Employment Services), Fortune’s staff works tirelessly to deliver the services that change lives.

And, at the end of each day, over 400 people will sleep in a warm safe bed, thanks to The Fortune Academy, Castle Gardens, and our Scatter-Site Housing Program.

Last year, by supporting Fortune, you helped almost 6,000 men and women find hope and a new life. You saved millions of dollars in taxpayer money. You strengthened the fabric of our communities across the five boroughs of New York. You reunited families.

This is possible because of people like YOU — our supporters!

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