The MAN Foundation

The MAN Foundation This foundation and rehabilitative services is dedicated to convicted felons that want another chance at life to stop recidivism.
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The MAN Foundation would like to give a happy birthday shout-out to “Man” who is the inspiration for the foundation. Peo...
12/27/2020

The MAN Foundation would like to give a happy birthday shout-out to “Man” who is the inspiration for the foundation. People often wonder how our foundation was birthed and it was birthed from the pain, passion and purpose of a real-life story. We tell it all from the initial arrest(Portsmouth City Jail & Hampton Roads Regional), being in correctional facilities (Nottoway and Saint Brides)to coming home as a returning citizen. We thank God for the pain as it fueled our purpose for a greater cause! #meninprison #womeninprison #massincarceration #prisonreform #1in14 #childrenofincarceratedparents #allcitizensdeserveasecondchance #justicereform #recidivism #incarceratedparents #criminaljusticereform

Giving Tuesday: Every year for the last five years during winter break, then we provide gifts for children of incarcerat...
12/01/2020

Giving Tuesday:
Every year for the last five years during winter break, then we provide gifts for children of incarcerated parents and we visit the prison as representatives for The MAN Foundation. This year, we will be hosting a Christmas parade for a group of children from their incarcerated parents from one of our partner facilities. They will get an opportunity to receive a gift from their incarcerated parent and see Santa Claus and his elves via their car window as a band plays. We also will be sending cards and books to several correctional facilities to let the incarcerated population know that we care.

Please DONATE Today:

https://www.facebook.com/donate/821907445037911/?fundraiser_source=external_url

Pictures featured from The MAN Foundation’s 2019 Santa’s Workshop

The MAN Foundation would like to congratulate our Chairwoman of the board, Velvet Smith for being the recipient of the E...
11/15/2020

The MAN Foundation would like to congratulate our Chairwoman of the board, Velvet Smith for being the recipient of the Exemplar Award from Hampton Roads Gazeti for her work as the chair of The MAN Foundation. The ceremony was supposed to be in person a few months ago, but they decided to have it virtually on today at 3pm. Please watch and celebrate with us.

Register through this Event Registration Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/4416051566073/WN_dDvIOloCQAenv_C3FGqBJ

The MAN Foundation wants to congratulate our Executive Director and Founder’s cousin, Angela Walker for getting her righ...
10/30/2020

The MAN Foundation wants to congratulate our Executive Director and Founder’s cousin, Angela Walker for getting her rights restored. This was the first time that she has been able to vote and what’s even more exciting is that it’s a crucial time in history and one of the most important elections in our life time. These are the stories that we love to hear and share especially when they hit so close to home. #everycitizendeservesasecondchance
#meninprison #womeninprison #massincarceration #prisonreform #allcitizensdeserveasecondchance #justicereform #recidivism #allvotesmatter #rightsrestored

Thank you Whitteney for your donation to Jennifer’s Closet. MAN Foundation has a new component called, "Jennifer's Close...
10/06/2020

Thank you Whitteney for your donation to Jennifer’s Closet. MAN Foundation has a new component called, "Jennifer's Closet" in honor of Ms. Jennifer in a partnership with the Portsmouth Sheriff's Office. People can donate new or gently used clothes to incarcerated individuals and it's housed at Portsmouth City Jail. Shout out to our Director of Community Outreach, Lakeesha Atkinson for the blessings. #TheManFoundation #JennifersCloset #HelpingIncarceratedIndividuals #PortsmouthCityJail

🚨 ATTENTION: New Initiative Alert🚨 The MAN Foundation in collaboration with Portsmouth Sheriff's Office has created Jenn...
09/30/2020

🚨 ATTENTION: New Initiative Alert🚨
The MAN Foundation in collaboration with Portsmouth Sheriff's Office has created Jennifer’s Closet. Jennifer’s Closet is dedicated to one of our founding members, Ms. Jennifer Jones (who died unexpectedly in February of 2020)is designed to help currently incarcerated individuals and returning citizens with clothing. Clothing will be used for re-entry events such as graduation, Shark Tank, Santa’s Workshop and Mother’s & Father’s Day dances. The clothing will also be used when the returning citizens are released from the facility and need clothing for job interviews and work clothes. We will collect new and/or gently used clothing at certain parts of the year, but you can always donate to $TheMANFoundation on CashApp or by snail mail to:
PO Box 3794, Portsmouth, VA 23701

#themanfoundation #ReentryMatters

#themanfoundation is looking into this. Meanwhile, help this case go viral:https://www.freealbertwilson.com
09/10/2020
Free Albert Wilson

#themanfoundation is looking into this. Meanwhile, help this case go viral:
https://www.freealbertwilson.com

Family Day Weekend in Lawrence, KS is a yearly tradition where student’s family and friends come together to celebrate the start of the new school year. Thousands of people visit creating a contagious excitement that carries into the night, especially in the area known as “The Triangle”.

07/31/2020

The MAN Foundation will be celebrating their birthday until the end of the month. If you didn’t get to watch the whole video which can be found here: https://youtu.be/eIr33MSw8vQ,
then we will be posting testimonials from that video and pictures until the end of the month. We also are still playing Blackout BINGO and the last person who buys a number and blacks out the card will win a prize. Please watch this video and buy a square! #themanfoundation

07/30/2020

The MAN Foundation will be celebrating their birthday until the end of the month. If you didn’t get to watch the whole video which can be found here: https://youtu.be/eIr33MSw8vQ,
then we will be posting testimonials from that video and pictures until the end of the month. We also are still playing Blackout BINGO and the last person who buys a number and blacks out the card will win a prize. Please watch this video and buy a square! #themanfoundation

07/22/2020

The MAN Foundation will be celebrating their birthday until the end of the month. If you didn’t get to watch the whole video which can be found here: https://youtu.be/eIr33MSw8vQ,
then we will be posting testimonials from that video and pictures until the end of the month. We also are still playing Blackout BINGO and the last person who buys a number and blacks out the card will win a prize. Special thanks to Bishop Randall again, Genoa and DeboRon for buying a number which is now marked out. We also say Happy Birthday to our chair of the foundation, Velvet. Please watch her video and buy a square! #themanfoundation

The MAN Foundation will be celebrating their birthday until the end of the month. If you didn’t get to watch the whole v...
07/20/2020

The MAN Foundation will be celebrating their birthday until the end of the month. If you didn’t get to watch the whole video which can be found here: https://youtu.be/eIr33MSw8vQ,
then we will be posting testimonials from that video and pictures until the end of the month. Our first pic is from the video taping on our actual birthday which is 7/17/15. We also are still playing Blackout BINGO and the last person who buys a number and blacks out the card will win a prize. Special thanks to Bishop Randall, Melitta and Shawn for buying a number which is now marked out. #themanfoundation

07/18/2020
Happy 5th Anniversary M.A.N. Foundation

Stick to It Saturday:
From the Founder/Executive Director:

Watch the video! It takes you on our journey!

Im about to cry! Five years ago on yesterday, then I was giving birth in a board room with my board members who acted as doctors, nurses and midwives. I feel like I have a 5 year old running around because I breathe, live and sleep not only this foundation, but prison reform and mass incarceration. Within these 5 years, then we have accomplished the following:
(Click on our links below:)
-Family Support Group (http://www.coastalvirginiamag.com/November-December-2018/Doing-Time-When-Parents-Go-to-Jail-Kids-Suffer-the-Consequences/)

-Christmas Drive for children of incarcerated parents

-Easter Egg Hunt for children of incarcerated parents

-Dog Fashion Show to bring awareness to Mass Incarceration (https://www.pilotonline.com/life/pets/article_2e01b116-8568-56e3-8a91-78cd9f493186.html)

-Presentation/Seminars on the M.A.N. Foundation at jails, prisons, and conferences: https://www.pilotonline.com/news/article_bf82f7bc-b6ee-11e9-aa7a-bfc51f0baec6.html) (Woman A: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a27242148/falling-in-love-in-prison/?utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=socialflowFBCOS&utm_source=facebook)

-Weekly classes from the M.A.N. Foundation curriculum (16-week program) at jails/prison

-1st Father/Daughter Dance held in a correctional facility in the Tidewater area of Virginia (Viral attention) (https://www.13newsnow.com/mobile/article/news/local/mycity/portsmouth/portsmouth-sheriffs-office-hosts-father-daughter-dance-for-incarcerated-dads/291-c69f129e-0692-417b-a92e-5f923f474ae6)

- BOSS (Breaking Obstacles to Seek Success) Book & Author’s Club: A book & author’s club dedicated to students of incarcerated parents that were used as a successful resource in an urban school district. (https://www.pilotonline.com/news/education/article_8b0e7cbe-87c2-11e9-bef2-bf23cd3cc7e4.html)

-Santa’s Workshop for inmates and their families inside of a correctional facility

-COVID-19 Letter Writing and Book Campaign for incarcerated individuals

On our birthday, please consider donating to our BINGO fundraiser by picking an amount from the BINGO card in the comments and CashApp it to $TheMANFoundation

6th year, here we come! If you would like to donate or volunteer with us, then hit us up at [email protected]

Check us out: CNN, MSNBC

https://youtu.be/eIr33MSw8vQ

The M.A.N. Foundation takes you on a journey from 2015-now to show all of their initiatives for incarcerated individuals, returning citizens and children of ...

Faithful Friday: Today is the MAN Foundation’s 5th birthday and we have a video and testimonials for you on tomorrow. Ho...
07/18/2020

Faithful Friday: Today is the MAN Foundation’s 5th birthday and we have a video and testimonials for you on tomorrow. However, on today we are still working and making connections. One of the men from our first cohort (he’s been home for 10 months)at the Portsmouth City Jail needed a bike to get back and forth to work, so we connected him with Mr. James Cullen. Mr. Cullen graciously gifted this young man a bike, so that he could continue to get to work. Our foundation is forever grateful for his kindness and eagerness to help our “brother” from our first cohort partnership with Portsmouth Sheriff's Office. We ask that Mr. Cullen is blessed a hundred fold for his generosity.

Truth Thursday: Bishop Barry Randall interviewed 4 of the authors from BOSS Stories for his documentary on activism in t...
07/16/2020

Truth Thursday: Bishop Barry Randall interviewed 4 of the authors from BOSS Stories for his documentary on activism in the City of Portsmouth. BOSS Authors & Book Club is one of the 3 components of The MAN Foundation which is working with children of incarcerated parents. These children also have their own documentary coming soon about their own individual lives. #bosskids #1in14 #childrenofincarceratedparents

The M.A.N. Foundation celebrates Juneteenth as we are still fighting for a different type of freedom. We will continue t...
06/19/2020

The M.A.N. Foundation celebrates Juneteenth as we are still fighting for a different type of freedom. We will continue to fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which our logo represents!

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction” – Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. According to University of Connecticut professor Jelani Cobb, the drafters of the Constitution left “a loophole that was immediately exploited” in the 13th Amendment. which connects this ambiguous clause to mass incarceration in America. The amendment abolished slavery, but the clause turned incarceration into the modern-day slavery.”

T-shirt Thursday: You asked and Pacaloozie came through! Please note that Black Lives Matter, PERIODT and a portion of o...
06/04/2020

T-shirt Thursday: You asked and Pacaloozie came through! Please note that Black Lives Matter, PERIODT and a portion of our proceeds goes back to an organization (The MAN Foundation) that helps Black Lives to Matter. Please support our efforts in helping Black Lives Matter! Fill out the order form and you will receive a response back: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1knuU-vmb3V7ALnzQdDyEygFd3mUGaGtwHhwR4dI_lUw/edit

Fundraising Friday:In this trying time of COVID-19, then we have not forgotten about the incarcerated population. We hav...
05/15/2020

Fundraising Friday:

In this trying time of COVID-19, then we have not forgotten about the incarcerated population. We have received over 120 applications to send cards and books to their incarcerated loved ones from all across the country to include federal, state and local city jails. This is being done to promote “connectivity” due to the current social distancing practices that may have affected their weekly routines such as family visits (social interactions).

As you can see from the pictures, then we have packed 21 bags to include 3 books with a card and letter to our partner facilities. We wanted to ensure that these returning citizens felt the love that has been felt all across the country.

We just thank God for our founder, board and donors to help us help our incarcerated brothers and sisters.
It’s not too late to receive a token of love for your family or tell your story:

COVID-19 Campaign: https://forms.gle/mAX98rFXeutXpERB9

Story behind the Sentence: https://forms.gle/rLEDTLHBtmVFkP6UA

Donate: CashApp $TheMANFoundation or https://www.facebook.com/donate/215583419696068/?fundraiser_source=external_url

#themanfoundation #everycitizendeservesasecondchance
#covid19campaign #meninprison #womeninprison #massincarceration #prisonreform #1in14 #childrenofincarceratedparents #covid19 #allcitizensdeserveasecondchance #justicereform #recidivism #incarceratedparents

🤔🤦🏽‍♀️ We have so many questions! #themanfoundationhttps://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/covid-19-tests-for-300-virgini...
05/06/2020
COVID-19 tests for 300 Virginia prison inmates were lost by laboratory, requiring retesting

🤔🤦🏽‍♀️ We have so many questions! #themanfoundation

https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/covid-19-tests-for-300-virginia-prison-inmates-were-lost-by-laboratory-requiring-retesting/article_e7a4d90e-79bf-5ec2-97f7-fd3939b22000.html

Three hundred COVID-19 tests of inmates at the Buckingham Correctional Center near Dillwyn were lost by a laboratory, requiring that the prisoners be retested this week.

Motivational Monday: We ONLY NEED $193 to meet our goal. Please help us meet it on today! The MAN Foundation executes pr...
05/04/2020

Motivational Monday: We ONLY NEED $193 to meet our goal. Please help us meet it on today!

The MAN Foundation executes projects and campaigns directly from our hearts. We love to receive correspondence back like this to let us know that our efforts are truly making a difference.

We received this screenshot JPay email from this young man’s fiancé. He’s expressing how happy and excited he is that she thought about him to submit his name to our campaign. We just thank God for our founder, board and donors to help us help our incarcerated brothers and sisters.

It’s not too late to receive a token of love for your family or tell your story:

COVID-19 Campaign: https://forms.gle/mAX98rFXeutXpERB9

Story behind the Sentence: https://forms.gle/rLEDTLHBtmVFkP6UA

Donate: CashApp $TheMANFoundation or
https://www.facebook.com/donate/215583419696068/?fundraiser_source=external_url

05/01/2020

Fundraising Friday: We ONLY NEED $253 to meet our goal. Please help us meet it on today!

The MAN Foundation executes projects and campaigns directly from our hearts. We love to receive correspondence back like this to let us know that our efforts are truly making a difference. We received this letter from an incarcerated individual all the way in Wisconsin. His books have also been delivered and I called the facility, so he should get them soon. We just thank God for our founder, board and donors to help us help our incarcerated brothers and sisters.

It’s not too late to receive a token of love for your family or tell your story:

COVID-19 Campaign: https://forms.gle/mAX98rFXeutXpERB9

Story behind the Sentence: https://forms.gle/rLEDTLHBtmVFkP6UA

Donate: CashApp $TheMANFoundation or
https://www.facebook.com/donate/215583419696068/?fundraiser_source=external_url

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P. O. Box 3794
Portsmouth, VA
23701

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