• Ben Shenk

James Logan: Leveraging His LIFE to Help Others Reclaim Theirs

Updated: Sep 8

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They are fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors...


They all want the same things. The same things we all want.


To provide for themselves and their families. To enjoy a stable, happy life together with those they love.


But for the fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, sisters, brothers, cousins, friends, and neighbors transitioning out of incarceration, these basic desires can feel impossible to grasp, due to the systemic barriers they face here in New Orleans, the largest city in a state shamefully known as the Incarceration Capital of the U.S.


With no immediate income and no work history, finding housing can be an immense burden. Without stable housing and transportation, of course, finding gainful employment becomes all the more difficult; exponentially so for those upon whom the courts have placed the brand of "felon".


During the critical season of re-entry, a supportive community is all the harder to find, despite its critical importance. Not by choice; relationships and networks simply fade through the years of distance.


And for those eager to begin writing a new chapter in their lives, obstacles loom, hindering efforts even to create positive change through service and community engagement due to distrust of community members.


For many re-entering citizens, life can feel impossible.


Thankfully, there are many in our city, along with Thrive, working to assist our neighbors through their transition.



The Reentry Ally Leveraging His LIFE to Help Others Reclaim Theirs

Among the re-entry allies in the city, James Logan has stood as a leader who has leveraged his L.I.F.E. to help others reclaim their lives.


For years, James has been a pillar of support for re-entering citizens, leveraging his Labor and Expertise to help neighbors and families transitioning out of incarceration to Thrive. In doing so, he's created a vocational legacy rooted in this mission, having served as the Reentry Services Program Manager for the city of New Orleans and founding Chair the New Orleans Reentry Taskforce. Today, he continues this legacy as a Program Officer at the Greater New Orleans Foundation.


However, the ways that James leverages his L.I.F.E. on behalf of others are not constrained to his work. Speak with him, and you're bound to see how intentionally he has chosen to leverage his Influence outside of his 9-5 as well.


"Brother Logan is someone who walks the walk. More than that, he's someone who goes out of their way to help others." Explains Thrive New Orleans' Executive Director, Chuck Morse. "Over the years, I've had the opportunity to work and dialog with James as a leader in the faith community and in my role at Thrive. He has not only been instrumental in helping equip and shape organizations' efforts to support our brothers and sisters during reentry but, more importantly, he is someone who goes above and beyond to personally help community members through the transition."


Launch NOLA Green Alumni, George Toca can attest to this personally. George was released from prison with the help of the Innocence Project, after serving 30 years for a crime he didn't commit. During his transition, George got to know James.


"...he is a fierce advocate for people coming out of prison."

Recently, George shared about his experiences with James. "I met with brother Logan when I first came home. He was a real help for me with my job search. And really, he provided helpful advice on how to re-enter society. He was someone who was inspiring to me. He was passionate and really passed on his passion. Yes, he is a fierce advocate for people coming out of prison."


As Thrive continues to work to support families and neighbors find support and overcome the challenges of reentry, we, like George, are grateful and inspired by the example that James has created by choosing to Leverage his L.I.F.E. to help others thrive.


How Will You Choose To Leverage Your L.I.F.E.?

And, as together we strive to create a world where all are treated with dignity, and given equitable opportunities and meaningful support through reentry, Thrive invites you to leverage your Labor, Influences, Finances, or Expertise to help others thrive.


To see how you can leverage your LIFE with Thrive to support re-entering citizens, contact our administrative team, at Jackie@Thrivenola.org

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