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The Fortune Society’s mission is to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.
The Fortune Society employs a holistic “one-stop shop” model of service provision, offering a comprehensive array of in-house social services to over 7,000 people with incarceration histories each year via three primary New York City-area locations: our service center in Long Island City, and both the Fortune Academy (a.k.a. “the Castle”) and Castle Gardens in West Harlem. We also have a regular presence in four borough courthouses, on Rikers Island, and numerous New York State prisons.
List of Services
Housing locations and types:
THE FORTUNE ACADEMY
Since opening its doors in 2002, our Emergency and Transitional Supportive Housing Program at The Fortune Academy in West Harlem has provided a safe, rehabilitative community for people coming home from incarceration. Through regular case management, we assist residents with a wide array of needs, including gaining and maintaining stable housing and employment, substance use treatment and recovery, financial planning and management, and family reunification.
Adjacent to The Fortune Academy in West Harlem is Castle Gardens, a mixed-use, supportive, and affordable residential development and service center in an environmentally sustainable building. It provides long-term housing solutions for justice-involved individuals facing homelessness and their families, as well as low-income individuals and families from West Harlem and the greater New York area.
Through our Scattered-Site Housing Program, Fortune staff serve as mediators between landlords and tenants, ensuring homeless, formerly incarcerated individuals living in neighborhoods across the five boroughs of New York City have access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.
Types of employment services
SOFT SKILLS JOB READINESS TRAINING
The Soft Skills Job Readiness Training program focuses on interview preparation, plus workplace and retention success. Through the program, jobseekers develop a valuable set of tools for their job search, including instruction on producing a professional resume and how to discuss the content on it, problem solving and time management skills, and practice in answering difficult questions— especially surrounding their criminal justice involvement. Completion of this program is prerequisite for the Skills Training and Internship Programs listed below.
Through our certification-driven Culinary Arts program, participants receive hands-on training in an industrial kitchen, as well as education about the culinary industry. Completion of this program can lead to them earning both the ServSafe and New York City Food Handler’s certifications.
GREEN BUILDING OPERATION & MAINTENANCE
The Green Building Operation and Maintenance program provides an overview of environmental health and safety, building science, facility management, and sustainable construction and deconstruction methods. Participants do preparatory work for and obtain certifications in Basic Carpentry, Electrical/HVAC, and Plumbing, OSHA 10- hour Construction, EPA Lead RRP, G/PRO Operation and Maintenance, and BPI Energy Efficient Building Operation (EEBOPS).
ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION TRAINING
This certification-driven program features a six-week program delivery. In the first three weeks, participants are given an overview of environmental health and safety. For the next three weeks, they receive advanced training in OSHA 10-hour Construction, OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER, OSHA Confined Space, EPA Lead RRP and Lead in Construction, NYS/NYC Asbestos Handler (Initial), Disaster Site Worker, Global Hazard Communication, and 4-hr Scaffolding.
TRANSPORTATION TRAINING AND COMMERCIAL DRIVERS’ LICENSE
This program addresses two different groups of participants interested in the field of transportation and commercial driving. Admitted individuals without a basic drivers’ license receive “in-class” and “on-the-road” practice and training, as well as testing to receive a basic driver’s license– a qualification that prepares them for in-demand positions and makes them more marketable as prospective employees.
Admitted individuals already possessing a basic driver’s license will engage in “in-class” and “on-the-road” practice, plus testing, in order to receive a commercial driver’s license (Class-B; Passenger and Air Break Endorsements), which is a qualification in high demand in New York.
The Transitional Work program offers paid, part-time, 10-week internships with partnering employers throughout NYC, coupled with rigorous case management and a weekly job club. This program performs an important “bridging” function for some of our hardest-to-serve participants, generating a work record for them, introducing them to employers, and providing a “lab” where they can work through on-the-job issues.
QUEENS COUNTY REENTRY TASK FORCE
The Queens County Reentry Task Force partners with The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to provide assistance for individuals who have recently been released from incarceration. Individual service plans made in collaboration with partner organizations helps reintegrate individuals into their communities.
Alternatives to Incarceration
Mental Health Services
Substance Use Treatment
Food and Nutrition
Prepare for Release