Faith and community organizations will unite in support of former inmates and welcome them back into society.
Welcome Home Sunday, a multifaith event, will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 31 in Georges Auditorium at Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans.
New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond will be the keynote speaker. Public officials and faith leaders will speak out about recidivism reduction strategies and against policies that make it difficult for the formerly incarcerated to succeed.
Other faith leaders on the agenda include Rabbi Ethan Linden, of Shir Chadash, and Pastor Debra Morton, of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church. The St. Peter Claver Choir will perform.
Public officials will include Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola Warden Burl Cain, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Corrections Rhett Covington and New Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman.
The free event is sponsored by The Micah Project, Louisiana Interchurch Conference, Louisiana Coalition for Offender Resources, St. Vincent de Paul and Capital Area Re-entry Coalition. For information, email to welcomehome firstname.lastname@example.org.