Episode 172 - Adam Martin, 5-Time Felon Turned Social Entrepreneur
Adam Martin resides in Fargo, North Dakota, and is the founder of the F5 Project, and the Ridge Treatment and Reentry Center.
The F5 project serves the formerly incarcerated and those suffering from addictions – typically anyone in those situations have limited resources available to them. Usually, they struggle to obtain even the simplest things due to an unfair stigma.
I love the organization’s byline, “We’re criminal justice reform warriors who offer grace without question and create change for those who hustle”. The F5 Project cuts the red tape and eliminates barriers to basic needs, employment, and accountability. They are hands and feet on the street offering housing, resources, and a customized support plan for those who need assistance.
Adam spent a lot of time in juvenile detention, foster homes, and eventually jail. He lost his kids, lost his car, and he didn’t have a driver’s license. He was very far behind on his child support, accumulating major debt and he had no real ambitions to go and do anything other than drink a lot, do many drugs, and party. His Mom and Dad met in treatment, so some would say his future was predetermined.
Sadly, he didn’t think he was going to grow up to be anything great. One day he blacked out and woke up in a hotel room, after stealing a U-Haul and breaking into three businesses. He regained consciousness in that hotel room and could smell the cigarettes and the booze.
Adam recalls seeing stolen laptops around him and knew that it had all happened again. At that moment he started to realize that he was hurting a lot of people and that was the beginning of a “life change” for him.
The F5 project now has transition housing in three communities in North Dakota. They work on restoring voter rights and strive to find large numbers of what are referred to as “second chance” jobs for those in their programs.
Their services include housing, employment, peer support, community connections, and recovery growth programs. Everyone deserves grace and a chance to a fresh start.
Address: 1122 1st Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58107
Office Phone: (701) 201-2491