Norris Henderson, an OSI Soros Justice Fellow, is also the Executive Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender (V.O.T.E.). Norris has had tremendous success in his work impacting public policy and public discourse about police accountability, public defense for poor and indigent people, and reforming the notorious Orleans Parish Prison (OPP).
Since returning home Calvin has also provided counseling, housing, and financial assistance to many of his friends released from prison. “Paying forward the blessings he has received from others”
Since being released two years ago Jack, like the rest of our board, has helped other people returning home, including finishing construction on our first transitional house on Perdido St. and mentoring residents in physical fitness and healthy eating.
“You have to crawl before you can walk, that’s you make it out here. If you were in 13 years, you got nothing, but if you can stay out here 13 years you will accomplish something, give it time, give yourself a chance.”
Pastor Tyrone Smith was born and raised in New Orleans Ninth Ward, in the Desire Housing Development. When Pastor Tyrone returned home he was committed to “saving the community [he] destroyed.” Today he serves as the Senior Pastor of the Next Generation of the Original Morning Star Full Gospel Baptist Church (NGOMS).
After graduating from college Kelly worked for three years at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana coordinating public policy campaigns, impact litigation, and direct services for juveniles sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. She is now in her third year of law school at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law studying public interest law and policy and critical race studies.
The President of B3 Consulting, a political and business consulting group, Blair serves his clients as a political strategist with expertise in grassroots campaign efforts, as well as governmental relations and public affairs. Additionally, Mr. Boutte leads B3 Real Estate, which specializes in residential and commercial real estate development.