January’s New York Monthly Meeting’s Spotlight featured Tommy Safian, co-founder and executive director of Refoundry, a nonprofit that trains formerly incarcerated people to repurpose discarded materials into home furnishings and mentors them into their own businesses.

Here is a message from Co-Founder & Executive Director, Tommy Safian:

Thanks to YANA Founding Chair Ken Inadomi for inviting Refoundry to share about our program at the membership meeting in NYC on January 31!

We’d love to connect with any YANA members interested in the intersection of criminal justice, social justice and economic justice, and learning more about how Refoundry’s innovative program uses craft, commerce and market-based solutions to build opportunity and inclusion for people returning home from incarceration.  With a revenue generation model that covers most of our program costs, in two trials we helped incubate 10 businesses that employ more than 125 people from disadvantaged communities. We’re currently raising funds to launch and scale our full program.   

You can learn more at www.refoundry.org, by following us on FB, Instagram and Twitter, and by seeing a short video about our program here. You can reach us directly at makeadifference@refoundry.org. Click here for a brief overview of our program.

Thank you again, and I look forward to working more with the YANA community in the future.


Brief Overview of Refoundry