In 2011, Strength for Today Mentoring Program (SFT) was formed to mentor incarcerated
individuals, formally incarcerated individuals, as well as their families needing assistance.
The program is a facilitator and networker to the greater New Orleans area and other organizations. Our main objective is to
provide pre-release training and mentoring (with a Life Coach) to incarcerated individuals, both male and female. In 2016,
we expanded to include the underserved (those individuals that are struggling to secure a more productive place in society).
Strength for Today (SFT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has Certified Life Coaches on staff, and a Licensed Certified Social
Worker (LCSW) to address such issues as, antisocial behavior, antisocial personality disorder patterns, antisocial cognition,
and broken family relationships, as well as provide group or individual counseling sessions to our clients. We serve the
returning citizen and the underserved as a reentry hub, utilizing our networking expertise in connecting them with
community and area organizations, which can best meet their needs, as well as those members of their immediate family.
Strength for Today have partnered with Salvation Army and is working with clients residing at the S. Claiborne Center of
Hope worksite. We conduct morning and evening classes on: Thinking for a Change, Character First, Stay in your Lane,
Time Management, Financial Literacy, and Help a Brother/Sister Out (HBO/HSO). We offer entrepreneurship direction and
training. We also assist in job placement and locating permanent housing.
Raymond D. Bailey
While participating in prison ministry, Raymond D. Bailey, recognized there was a need to help incarcerated persons and
individual citizens in making a successful transition back into society. He realized that these returning citizens, whether it be
from incarceration or from the streets, needed a support system or mentoring entity to successfully transition back into
society. In 2000, he organized a group of individuals with the same vision and began mentoring incarcerated individuals
with “release potential”............