Prepare for Release With the I-CAN Program

The Fortune Society’s Prepare for Release program—also known as Individualized Corrections Achievement Network (I-CAN) – provides assistance to those reentering the community. 

The program facilitates skillbuilding workshops and provides discharge preparation services for individuals during incarceration and post release.  

Individuals currently on Rikers and post-release can participate in Fortune’s I-CAN Program.


Individuals currently on Rikers and those recently released are eligible to enroll!  I-CAN provides participants with the following:

Skill-Building Training

I-CAN offers skill-building services, workshops, and trainings, provided by culturally competent staff members with life experiences similar to yours.

Employment Opportunities

Access to career-building workshops, internships, networking, and other events.

Meals That Heal, The Fortune Society

Reentry Services

Access to reentry services such as housing, employment, education, benefits enrollment, and substance use and mental health treatment. ​

Monetary Incentives

$50.00 gift card to I-CAN participants recently released from Rikers, and other monetary incentives for program participation.

NYC Subway

Transportation Provided

Vehicle transportation available upon release from Rikers. Metrocards for transportation are provided while in the program.


After 17 years in prison, I was homeless and unemployed upon release. But everything changed when I came to The Fortune Society. I learned interviewing and networking skills, plus workplace etiquette. I graduated from their Green Construction program, which opened up new career paths for me. 

For the first time in my life, I had skills that made me competitive in the job market, and the potential to contribute to my community.
Damon Rodriguez
Each day I visited Fortune, I had something to look forward to. For the first time in my life, I met people who knew that despite my justice involvement, that I had the capacity to succeed. 

Through Employment Services, I developed job readiness skills and participated in Fortune’s Culinary Arts program, where I found a passion for cooking. 

Fortune made success possible for me.  And because I worked hard, I thrived.
Alisa Morrison
The staff at Fortune supported me when I needed them the most. They helped me grieve my lost family members. They also aided me in creating a plan to achieve my educational, professional, and personal goals. My counselors motivated me to study and stay focused. They set me on a straight path. 

I honestly don’t know where I would be without Fortune.
Mitchell Leviticus


As soon as you’re released, visit our Long Island City Office (open Mon-Thurs: 8am-8pm; Fri: 8am-5pm): 

The Fortune Society 
29-76 Northern Boulevard, Room #123 
Long Island City, NY 11101

By Subway: R, E, & M trains to Queens Plaza Stop. 

Once there, ask to meet with one of our I-CAN Community staff members. They will enroll you in the program. 

To learn more: call 212.691.7554 and ask to be connected to the I-CAN Department.

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