About our Emergency Grocery Delivery Program:
Over the last 6 years The First 72+ has grown into a full service, and holistic, reentry program, providing case management, peer mentorship, free legal services, financial life skills education, zero interest loans, and support with small business development. We have helped hundreds of people find gainful employment, housing, and greater stability in their lives after returning home from incarceratiom. However today due to COVID-19, many of our clients are experiencing growing instability and food insecurity, and are struggling to feed themselves and their families.
This is why since the beginning of COVID-19, The First 72+ has been running an emergency grocery delivery program to support our formerly incarcerated community members and their families. Although a bit of time has passed since the beginning of this crisis, it is clear that this is a service that remains absoluetly crucial to support our clients and ensure that their basic needs are met. We are comitted to sustaining our emergency grocery delivery program as long as it is needed, and we need your help to do this. We are looking for support from the community to help continue this service by helping to cover the cost of groceries. It costs about $500 a week to buy groceries for 10 households.
We have been so immensly grateful for the support we've recieved the past few months, and its never been more clear that our community support and interdependence makes us all stronger. We deeply appreciate donations of any size.
During the COVID-19 Quarantine The First 72+ continues to provide direct services to formerly incarcerated people and their families. We have converted our intake system to an over-the-phone process. We are administering our legal clinic and public benefits clinic over the phone as well, and we have added grocery, meal, and prescription drug delivery services to our repertoire of offerings. We have kept our 6 residents in our transitional house (all of whom are now unemployed) safe and fed. We have suspended loan payments, and converted our "pay it forward communal loan fund" into an emergency grant fund. Our Chaplain is also on call 24 hours a day to provide over the phone counseling. We have also converted our "Rising Foundations Small Business Incubator" into a remote learning classroom. We purchased computers and wireless hot spots for our participants so that we can keep our Tuesday night classes running as scheduled. In the coming weeks we will also be convening individualized brainstorming sessions with our friends and supporters from around the world who have ideas and input for how our small business owners can grow and adapt their businesses.
COVID-19 has devestated our community, but it has not destroyed our spirit or weakened our client's motivation. We are still here to help, and our clients are still striving to reach their goals - but they need your help.