“(CCT) taught me how to embrace my criminal background, and when I say embrace it, I mean don’t be ashamed of it, learn how to work around it. Explain, ‘This is what it was. That was then and this is now. That has no bearing on where I’m trying to go today. A lot of people be embarrassed. You have to explain your criminal background. That’s embarrassing. They taught me how to embrace that and don’t be ashamed. That was my past. Make a bigger future, that’s what it taught me.”
Former client Ebony, 48, in an interview with Queen City Nerve on her pathway home.
Ebony was incarcerated for 10 years on drug trafficking charges. She spent two years at the Center for Women and graduated from our LifeWorks! program. Ebony is thriving since her release in 2019 and runs her own transportation business. Read more and watch her second chance success story.
Welcome to the Center for Community Transitions (CCT)
We’re a Charlotte, NC-based nonprofit organization founded in 1974 to help strengthen the community and reduce recidivism by providing people with criminal records and their families tools and resources to rebuild their lives.
Our work centers on helping clients identify healthy and productive ways of living and successful reentry through employment and transition services, financial stability, alternatives to incarceration, restoring and supporting family bonds and advocacy.
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LifeWorks! helps people with criminal records reach their professional and personal goals by providing them assistance with employment readiness, job searches, networking, community referrals, career development, coaching, resume writing and transportation.
Our Families Doing Time program assists families and children with loved ones who are in jail or prison. Our continuum of services includes family events, in-school support groups, connections to resources and training for professionals.
The Center for Women is a 30-bed residential facility and reentry program for incarcerated women who are serving out the final years of their prison sentences. We assist women with transition planning, employment, family reunification, housing and other needs.