Our Partners


VOTE is an organization founded and run by formerly incarcerated people, dedicated to restoring the full human and civil rights of those most impacted by the criminal justice system. VOTE gives our clients opportunities to get involved with advocacy and organizing.

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FIT Clinic

Upon release, Tulane University School of Medicine provides an initial evaluation and ongoing transitional healthcare through their "Formerly Incarcerated Transition" Clinic (FIT Clinic).

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Thrive New Orleans

Thrive provides workforce training for our clients through their landscaping certification program.
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The Fountain Fund

The Fountain Fund provides low-interest loans and financial coaching to formerly incarcerated people, helping them build credit and achieve their self-determined goals.

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NOLA To Angola

An annual three-day, 170-mile bicycle ride fundraiser. Participants bike from Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans to Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary, biking each mile in solidarity with families who travel long distances to connect with their incarcerated loved ones.

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Office of Jonathan Tate

The Office of Jonathan Tate (OJT) is an architecture, design, and consulting practice based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since 2017 OJT has provided architecture and design services to The First 72+ to help us plan and build our dream transitional house, now affectionately known as “The Ben Smith Welcome Home Center.”

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The Avodah Jewish Service Corps is an immersive service year program for individuals ages 21-26 who are passionate about social justice and Jewish community. Corps members are matched with nonprofits in New Orleans, Chicago, DC, and New York City, where they work full time for one year. Two corps members work with The First 72+ every year.

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Justice & Accountability Center

The Justice & Accountability Center provides legal aid and education to formerly incarcerated people through expungement and reentry civil legal support such as child support, traffic tickets, driver’s licenses, TWIC appeals/denials, and consumer debt.

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Orleans Public Defenders

The Orleans Public Defenders Office (OPD) is one of the premier public defenders offices in the country, providing free legal services to more than 80% of the people prosecuted in New Orleans. OPD refers clients to The First 72+ both pre-trial and upon release from incarceration. Together with their Client Services Division we also work to address barriers that impede our clients success.

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Grow Dat

Grow Dat Youth Farm seeks to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. They operate a two-and-a-half acre sustainable farm in New Orleans’ City Park, with a CSA farm share program. They help with the plant beds outside of our office.

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Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (CADA)

CADA promotes a safe and healthy community by providing prevention, treatment and recovery support services that foster well-being and resilience. We refer our clients to CADA to receive substance abuse and mental health services.

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Orleans Parish Criminal District Court

The First 72+ provides case management services to people sentenced to "Reentry Court,” an innovative program that makes education, workforce development, and healthcare central to the incarceration and post-release systems.

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Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office

The First 72+ provides reentry planning and case management services to people released through the conviction and sentencing review efforts of the Civil Rights Division at the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.

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special thanks to our supporters

Stand Together Foundation

Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand Community Foundation

United Way

Kellogg Foundation

Baptist Community Ministries (BCM)

Public Welfare Foundation

Jewish Communal Fund

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Louisiana Asset Funders Network



Capital One

Ella West Freeman Foundation

Foundation for Louisiana

Huey & Angela Wilson Foundation