I arrived at Fortune’s door after serving time in state prison. Fortune offered me housing at the Fortune Academy (the Castle). With a place to call home, I’m building my life back.
-David Coleman, Now: Doorman
When I was up for parole, in 2010, I wrote to Fortune, asking for a letter of Reasonable Assurance. They wrote back. When I needed someone the most, Fortune was there to afford me that support. When I got out, I enrolled in their Employment Services program. I’m a proud father of four.
-Lymus Rivera, Now: Substance Use Counselor at Fortune
I came to Fortune, completed the three-week Career Development program, and was hired in their Family Services unit. Fortune impacted me in such a positive and profound manner. Today I have my Ph.D. in Education.
-Dr. Richard Louis, Now: Assistant Dean of Student Services at Broward College
I came to Fortune broken and destitute following decades of confinement. I was afflicted with addiction. They offered me recovery and a safe space, giving me a new life. I worked at Fortune for 10 years, went on to receive a bachelor’s degree and raise a beautiful family.
-William Whitaker, Now: Lead Advisor for Reentry Services, NYC Commission on Human Rights
Read William’s blog on December 12th.
When I got out of prison, Fortune’s Founder, David Rothenberg was waiting for me outside the gates and he brought me to The Fortune Society. I was offered a job. Then they helped me go community college and lined up an internship with a Supreme Court judge. Thanks to the positive impact of Fortune, I went on to be a judge.
-Walter Strauss – Now: Retired judge
Read Walter’s blog on December 19th.