Letter from our Founder


Hello Friends,

    My name is Tony Smith and I am the Founder of the New Start Project and I am truly humbled that you have visited our website. NSP was created out of the burden to help folks who are determined to overcome  the personal barriers, social stigmas, and economic marginalization that they face after being released from incarceration. New Start Project is currently in its developing stages. However, we are reaching out to communities and forming partnerships  with organizations across Massachusetts  to  bring opportunities to  the re-entry community. NSP is focused on leadership and career development for our members. Since our incorporation in May of 2013, the NSP team has worked tirelessly and I have never been more convinced that the work we are doing is empowering re-entry residents and communities in  breaking the cycle of incarceration.

    Our vision is to make communities safer and to reunite re-entry residents with their families as healthy productive members of their communities. We believe that every person is born to be a leader over their talents and skills and  we should have the opportunity to cultivate our potential. However, our personal story, past mistakes, self perception, and social-economic background may hinder us from  discovering  a vision for our lives and creating opportunities to obtain a happy fulfilled life that enriches our families, communities, and most importantly ourselves. I welcome you to browse  through our website and learn ore about the New Start Project and discover different ways you can  help us to fulfill our mission and reach our goals!

Thanks for your support,
Tony S. Smith



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  2. Tony- This project fills a big gap to provide services to keep folks out prison and avoid re-offending. Keep up the good work!

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    We have programs in 12 Mass. state prisons and at Devens Federal. Encourage your friends and family members who are incarcerated to join our programs to prepare for successful re-entry. http://d31toastmastersprison.wikispaces.com/

    We’re always looking for more volunteers to mentor programs inside of prisons. Contact me! 978 772 3930. Susan

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