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June 1, 2020

Dear Friends,

For too long, our televisions and our newspapers have been filled with images and accounts of a country in deep, deep pain. But this pain is not new, it is not fresh, it is a pain, a frustration, a heartache, a rage that so many in our country live with, every day. Some of the earliest lessons bestowed by Black mothers upon their children are lessons about how...

May 29, 2020

First 72+ friends and family, 

The day after COVID-19 forced us to close our office we got a call from a very friendly and curious reporter at The New Yorker. For the next two months Ms. Sarah Stillman kept up with us and community organizations like ours all across the country, capturing the reality of life on the ground for currently and formerly incarcerated people, and...

May 1, 2020

What’s New at The First 72? In some ways everything has changed, some things are completely the same.

Although our physical office closed on March 17, we are as motivated as we have ever been to support our clients and community in all of the ways that we possibly can. You can find more details about how to access our services on our website

We are still here to help! Sinc...

February 15, 2020

Exciting updates, announcements, and more from

The First 72+! 

Check out this interview that The First 72+ Peer Mentor Henry did with theGrio. He shares about how the criminalization of marijuana has impacted him, and the reality of the tough choices many make simply to support their families. The fact that the recent decriminalization of marijuana has done nothing to benef...

December 13, 2019

What's New at The First 72?

This Giving Tuesday, we hope you consider making a donation to The First 72+. Every donation you make will help a returning citizen have a fighting chance to become a productive member of our community. Together we can help make our neighborhoods safe as we work to stop the cycle of recidivism. You can donate online HERE!

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November 20, 2019

First 72+ supporters and family, 

As I reflect on this past year, I think about all that I have to be grateful for. I can’t express it enough. Being here is a blessing. 

I was only 17 years old when I was incarcerated, and I had never been to jail in my life. It would be almost 45 years later before I was free again, no longer a young boy, now an old man. I was fearful of wh...

October 15, 2019

What's New at The First 72?

We officially launched our third cohort of the Rising Foundations Small Business Incubator last month with a powerful kick off event. 24(!) formerly incarcerated people are now hard at work building financials skills, growing their business plans, and dreaming big. Check out more photos from the invocation here! Special thanks to our partners, Th...

September 1, 2017

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the impact of Hurricane Harvey on New Orleans early this week, we decided to push our First Friday Fish Fry to next Friday, September 8.

Tragically, the devastation in South Texas is an experience our clients and staff know too well. So, in the spirit of solidarity, this month we are donating $5 from every plate we sell to SHAPE COMMUN...

May 2, 2017

Last Friday our team of peer mentors took a trip to the Federal Correctional Facility in Oakdale to speak to men that are preparing to come home. One of our mentors was actually incarcerated at this same facility several years ago, so this a homecoming of sorts, and it was a lovely day. We are so grateful for opportunities to return to the inside to spread what we have lea...

April 16, 2017

Weeeeee diiiiiiiid iiiiiiiiit!!!! Thank y'all so much for your love and support! When we first started training a couple months ago a few of us couldn't run a mile without feelin like we should probably have our estates in order, but today, we did 6.2! Better yet, together our team raised nearly $2500 to support the residents of The First 72+! #CrescentCityClassic2017 ⭐️💪...

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