F5 Project Founder Drops Out of Cass County Commission Race

FARGO (KFGO) — The founder of the Fargo-based F5 Project that promotes criminal justice reform has decided to drop out of the race for Cass County commission.  Adam Martin tells KFGO News that his priorities have shifted.“I had an opportunity to start a treatment center, something that I’ve always wanted to do,” Martin said. “With that, I’ve spent a lot of…

Non Profits Help Formerly Incarcerated People Furnish Homes

They want to make transition easier for those coming out of jail or prison.

FARGO, N.D. – The F5 Project and Furniture Mission are collaborating for the first time to completely furnish a home that will belong to someone who was formerly incarcerated. They say the time to collaborate could not have been more ideal. All of the items needed to furnish a home were available at the same time the F5 project was…

Cass County Jail Provides Winter Gear to Inmates Upon Release

The jail receives donations from local organizations to clothe those in needs

FARGO, N.D. — When Adam Martin was an inmate in the Cass County Jail 10 years ago, he says they were not as willing to give people winter gear to keep them warm. “When I left, I just left. It hasn’t always been this way. With the new administration and the new sheriff, it’s been really cool to see how engaged…

Former Prisoners Describe Success Stories at F5 “Erasing Stigma Conference”

Marcus Bullock, Coss Marte overcame social stigma to be successful entrepreneurs

FARGO, N.D. — After spending eight years in prison, Marcus Bullock says more work needs to be done to re–integrate former inmates back into society. “We have those like me who had a mom to come home to and live with, and then you have those that have zero housing whatsoever. So the question that we’re asking ourselves is how are…

Giving Hearts Gave Big To Charities In The F-M Metro

One-Day Fundraising Drive Brought In Over $13.1 Million

You really opened your wallets and purses wide on Giving Hearts Day last Thursday. The annual fundraising event raised over $13.1 million through more than 63,000 donations. Just some of the top charities included: The Arts Partnership, Emergency Food Pantry, F5 Project, Churches United for the Homeless, Great Plains Food Bank and YWCA Cass Clay. Giving Hearts Day charities have…

F5 Project Helps Felons Readjust To Society

Project Helps Inmates Rebuild Their lives On The Outside

FARGO, ND — A Fargo man wants to show that former criminals aren’t castoffs. He’s dedicated to showing the value, determination, and hustle of felons while helping them rebuild their own lives right here in our region. His efforts are getting noticed more and more, and more and more people are claiming he’s helping to save their lives. It’s Wednesday…

LIVE: Erasing The Stigma With F5 Project

Event Hopes To Help End Stigma Attached To Former Criminals

  Kirsten Huovinen with the F5 Project joins Adam Ladwig to talk about the group’s “Erasing the Stigma” event. The F5 Project operates seven homes for people transitioning out of prison or treatment. Part of the goal for the event is to get rid of the stigma attached to people who have served time in jail or prison. Huovinen talks…

Fargo City Commissioner Wants F-5 Project Put on Hold

The group's founder says his organization is working with the city to get the application to correct the violation

  FARGO, ND — A Fargo city commissioner wants the F-5 Project stopped until it meets city codes. Dave Piepkorn said the housing project for former inmates didn’t get the proper city approval. Piepkorn said it’s clear the homes violate city code because more than three non-family members live in the houses. The violation was discovered after city leaders got…

Giving People a Chance: Fargo’s F5 Project Helping Former Inmates Strive for Success

The mission of the organization is to keep the past in the past

FARGO, ND — A Cass County organization’s mission is to keep the past, in the past. The F5 Project works to give former inmates a second chance. “I am a five-time felon and had the community around me not given me a chance, we wouldn’t be here today,” said Adam Martin, who is the executive director of the F5 Project….

F5 Project Working to Give Former Inmates a Second Chance

Keeping the past in the past

FARGO, ND — A Cass County organization’s mission is to keep the past, in the past. The F-5 project works to give former inmates a second chance. KVRR’s Shiina LoSciuto joins us from Dakota Medical Foundation with more. SHIINA LOSCIUTO: F5 is a fairly new organization to the metro but it’s growing, hoping to connect community members who are willing…