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Exonerated after 28 Years: Help Us Bring Calvin Duncan Home

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UPDATE (Nov. 12): First off, we'd like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has donated (both time and money) to this project so far! Thanks to you all, we are now in the final stages of restoration for Calvin's house! We've just finished putting up the sheet rock inside the home and it looks completely transformed (check out the new pictures below!). And while we've come a long ways from just a few months ago, we still have our work cut out for us if we want to meet our goal of getting Calvin moved in by the holidays. Please consider sharing this fundraiser and donating if possible! We are incredibly appreciative of any bit of help! Please read below for more information on Calvin Duncan and this project.

 

Calvin Duncan’s story is one that goes from despair to hope- but has not yet reached its happy ending. With your support, we can finally bring Calvin home.

In 1985, Calvin Duncan, from New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, was wrongly accused of murder and sentenced to life without parole in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

 In 2003, the Innocence Project- New Orleans accepted his case and discovered documents which showed that the case against him was unfounded. In 2011, after serving nearly three decades in prison, Calvin was finally released. Now, he is studying to become a paralegal at Tulane University. To read his full story, please visit http://www.commongroundrelief.org/calvinduncan.

In his new-found freedom, at the age of 51, Calvin dreams of having a home of his own where he can be settled and secured, sit on his porch, and perhaps plant a small garden. His hopes were partly-realized in 2012 when a friend donated a 120 year old house to him that had been abandoned for 30 years and heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina. Calvin did not have the funds needed for the restoration, but this did not deter him; in fact, Calvin has been further motivated to renovate the house and provide part of it as a living space for another recently exonerated man, Nathan Brown. Nathan was released in June 2014 after the Innocence Project-New York helped him receive the DNA testing that proved he was innocent. During his 17 years in prison, Nathan suffered from Macular Degeneration which has left him legally blind. With Calvin’s mentor-ship, Nathan will be provided a secure, accessible home where he can smoothly transition back into society.

Calvin reached out to Common Ground Relief (CGR) to help with the renovations of his unihabitable home. CGR, a non-profit organization located in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, has helped thousands of people rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina; it has built and restored over 200 homes as well as provided job training and legal services for residents. As a grassroots volunteer organization, CGR can restore Calvin’s house for a very reasonable cost. To date, CGR has completed the exterior, installed energy-efficient windows and restored much of the original brickwork and cypress siding. Additionally, the interior framing package is on-site. CGR is also working alongside The Lighthouse for the Blind- New Orleans to make the necessary accommodations for Nathan within the home. To date, the value of this work- all provided through local workers and donations- is $130,000.

We are hoping to finish this project in time for Calvin to spend the winter holidays in his own home. The cost to complete the renovation is $60,000, which includes additional building materials and construction workers who cannot afford to fully donate their time, but want to be involved. To help finally bring Calvin home, we need your help to raise funds for this project. We ask you to consider a donation in any amount. All donations are tax-deductible will go directly to the restoration of the home.

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$4,933

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    $15

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    $20

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    $1,000

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    $50

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    $75

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    $50

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    $50

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    $50

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    $72

  • Carolyn Edgett

    $15

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    $35

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    $60

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    $25

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    $200

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8% Raised of $60,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago

Lucia Johnson

Lucia Johnson

DONATION: $200

I am so sorry that you suffered such a terrible injustice! Your life is valuable and God Bless you! I pray you have Peace and many blessings to come! 4 years ago

Dara Gell

Dara Gell

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Rose

Rose

DONATION: $60

Thinking of you, Calvin! 4 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $35

4 years ago

Carolyn Edgett

Carolyn Edgett

DONATION: $15

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $72

In memory of my parents, who were good people 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Alicia Bendana

Alicia Bendana

DONATION: $50

4 years ago