The First 72+is “Making a Difference”

We are so excited to be featured on WDSU News “Making A Difference” Series! Two weeks ago we spent the day with News Anchor, Charles Divins, showing him around the new property we will be renovating in partnership with RisingFoundations to create space for our transitional housing program, as well as  affordable rentals for residents leaving the […]

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First Friday Fish Fry!

To celebrate the one year anniversary of opening up our first transitional house we kicked off the “First Friday Fish Fry” supper series to help us cover the costs of our program! EVERY FRIDAY during Lent we will serving up suppers at 2917 Perdido – come on by! 5+ orders and we will deliver! Cash […]

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Catch us on MSNBC!

Each year 15,000 individuals will be released from the Louisiana prison system and almost half will return within 5 years. Gregory Finney will not be part of that statistic thanks to ‘The First72+’ program.

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Catch us in The Atlantic!

Just over half of the African American male population in New Orleans is unemployed, partly because of former encounters with the criminal justice system that make it incredibly difficult to find work. In the city, there are a handful of organizations that work to help prisoners upon their release through forms of support like housing […]

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Touro Synagogue Celebrates The First 72+!

A few weeks ago an amazing group of 7th/8th graders from Touro Synagogue came over to our transitional house on Perdido St. Together we planted a garden and the students interviewed a few of our residents about the re-entry experience in New Orleans. What they have put together is nothing short of amazing. We are so […]

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Support us on GiveNOLA Day!

Join us for GiveNOLA Day–May 5th! All are welcome! You do not have to live in New Orleans to participate, however, we will be hosting a happy hour event on May 5 for our local supporter! (more details to come!) GiveNOLA Day is hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) and is a one-day online […]

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Ms. Fuch’s Class Comes to The First 72+!

We had a beautiful Sunday with Ms. Fuch’s 7th grade class  from Touro Synagogue! Planted a vegetable garden, painted a picnic table, and filmed a documentary about re-entry experiences and mass incarceration. We were so re-energized and incredibly inspired by Ms. Fuch’s as a social justice minded teacher and her brilliant and passionate students. On […]

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Huge thanks to our first sponsor, Emily Turner!

Emily has pledged to donate $70 a month to pay our water bill, and also raised $700 to support our residents! If you are interested in learning more about how you can support our residents through our sponsorship program please get in touch!

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Board of First 72+ among Formerly Incarcerated Leaders to meet with Federal Interagency Reentry Council

The civil rights movement had the Big Six – Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Whitney Young, and other visionaries – advocating for the end of discriminatory treatment toward black and brown people. On Monday, October 20th we saw the emergence of the Big Eight – formerly incarcerated leaders at the forefront of a new civil […]

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The First 72+ on WYLD 98.5!

Listen to Founding Board Members, Norris Henderson and Blair Boutte, discuss the barriers facing people coming home from prison, how these problems lead people back into prison, and how The First 72+ aims to stop this cycle.

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