Lifeworks! provides individuals with criminal records with a variety of resources and tools necessary to reach their professional and personal goals. If you need help overcoming obstacles to employment and other areas of your life due to your criminal record, our programs can help. We believe that when you learn how to take charge of your thinking, you can change your life.
Goodwill Opportunity Campus
5301 Wilkinson Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Employment readiness workshop
The foundational program at Lifeworks!, this two-week workshop prepares individuals with criminal records for the process of introducing themselves to potential employers and teaches them how to market themselves, with a focus on personal branding.
- Identify your professional brand
- How to answer the conviction question
- How to network with employers
- How to develop better decision making
Provides clients with job leads, focusing on employers who have stated a willingness to hire people with criminal records.
Case management/Client Advisement
Staff members work one-on-one with clients to determine personal goals in all areas of their lives, and to identify the steps necessary to achieve those goals.
Referrals to community partners
Lifeworks! partners with many community agencies to ensure that clients have access to basic services needed to reach their goals and also to assist with crisis situations.
- Oxford Homes
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont
- Crisis Assistance Ministries
- Charlotte Works
- Commonwealth Charlotte
Career development and job retention
Once a client obtains employment, Lifeworks! staff members help the individual identify career goals and collaborate on developing a plan of action. Staff members also provide assistance to resolve workplace conflict and coach clients on how to manage stress associated with difficult conversations.
The Formerly Incarcerated Transition (FIT) Program connects formerly incarcerated individuals who have a chronic disease, mental illness and/or substance use disorder with appropriate health care services and other re-entry resources.
Seeking Safety is a supportive group led by a skilled facilitator that guides participants through difficult discussions and topics. Together, participants learn new tools to help navigate everyday life and manage the affects of trauma and substance use. Through Seeking Safety, you can learn to build a life of wellness and stability. Seeking Safety is also available as individual, one-on-one sessions. Learn more.
Employers are looking for good people who not only have the technical skills and experience to do the job, but also bring the “soft skills” that lead to success: communication skills, problem-solving, time management, accountability and more. Working Smart provides the tools to help you keep a job, excel at your job and be more productive. To learn more, download our flyer.
Provides clients with step-by-step, self-directed coaching and goal planning to assist with economic and social mobility and stability, while also addressing criminogenic risk factors. Clients develop their own goals and use action plans to document their progress towards social and economic stability. Using perceptual control theory and stability trackers, advisors work closely with clients to evaluate their progress over 1-, 3-, 6- and 12-month intervals. To learn more, download our flyer.
The CCT allocates funding for bus passes so that clients have necessary transportation for job searching, getting to and from Lifeworks! classes, and traveling to various appointments that provide them with crisis assistance. Graduates may continue to receive bus passes if they show proof of 30 personal job contacts per week.