What A Difference $42 Million Can Make!

Published by Samson Styles on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm.

Do you believe in second chances? Should anyone be denied the bare necessities of life? Will ostracism prove to be conducive to ones growth and development?

Well, if you have ever been incarcerated before you might ask society these questions once you are released. It’s a cold world behind those bars and the temperature drops lower once you are Free. I know this from first hand experience.

Thank God for the Fortune Society. They are a non-for-profit organization based in NYC. Their primary mission is to support re-entry from prison and to promote alternatives to incarceration. Click here to see

The Fortune Society has been rocking for 43 years and they keep building up steam. They just built an eco-friendly affordable apartment complex in west Harlem that cost $42 million. It’s called Castle Gardens and it has 114 units. The building is plush…Click here to see

Mayor Bloomberg presented apartment keys to new residents today and gave a moving speech that gave me a new found respect for him.

He mentioned the importance of the Fortune Society and explained that if resources are not provided to the previously incarcerated and they get hungry that they will eat the best way that they know how; which can be detrimental to them and society. The mayor’s participation helped to bless the project with over 8 million dollars.

According to statistics 1 out of every 9 black men will go to prison and 1 out of every 3 will return within the first 3 years of their release. There are support groups all over the country that appeal to the previously incarcerated. If you were on locked down and are struggling with the adversities that usually come with re-entering society, be patient and contact a support group in your area. If you haven’t gone to prison and you are genuinely concerned with our plight, please contact an organization in your area and become proactive by volunteering. It’s going to take a village to help reduce these sad statistics but, it can be done. The Fortune Society is living proof.

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