Welcome Home Fund

Imagine being dropped off somewhere in New York City with nothing but an MTA card.

Incarcerated people reentering society face significant hurdles, not least of which are financial.

This December, SURJ NYC is working to raise $10,000 to create a Welcome Home Fund, to help people leaving prison get on their feet: to pay for transportation to new homes, job interviews and parole officer meetings; for food, clothing, and medicine; for housing; for towels, soap, and bedding.

All funds raised will be administered by the Parole Preparation Project Director, Michelle Lewin, who has worked with and knows many of the people coming out on parole personally.

Right now in the United States of America, Black people have been admitted to prison at much greater rates than those of white people. In major cities, as many as 80 percent of young Black men now have criminal records and are thus subject to legalized discrimination in housing, voting, public services, and employment for the rest of their lives.

Support anti-mass incarceration work by having empathy for those among us who have been swept up in our nation's for-profit prison system, and helping to making their reentry process a little bit easier.
  • William Hanson 
    • $100 
    • 33 mos
  • Sarah Morton 
    • $50 
    • 33 mos
  • Toni Rubino 
    • $200 
    • 34 mos
  • Daniel Teitelbaum 
    • $75 
    • 34 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 34 mos
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Fundraising team: SURJ AMI (3)

Jessica Gath 
Raised $750 from 8 donations
Brooklyn, NY
Michelle Lewin 
Sarah Sanders 
Team member
Raised $415 from 3 donations
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