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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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Donate to The Fortune Society’s year-end campaign, “Changing Lives, Building Communities.” At Fortune, we proudly provide a safe space for individuals with justice involvement to start anew. Thanks to your support, our programs continue to grow. We offer holistic, wraparound services, from housing and employment to education programs and mental health counseling. We provide hot meals in a welcoming environment, endless second chances, resources, and tools for individuals to better their lives.
The five snippets of life stories presented here are representative of the thousands of lives we touch every year. In our 52-year history, tens of thousands. We couldn’t do this work without you.


1 year ago…

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

Read David’s blog.


9 years ago…

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


15 years ago…

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



29 years ago…

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


49 years ago…

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



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