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Back in Style event 2019

200+ turn out for Back in Style event

By Center for Community Transitions / October 17, 2019

It was an evening of brightly colored backpacks filled with school supplies, delicious barbecue, fresh new ‘dos and glittery nails. More than 200 families and volunteers came out for our Back in Style event on Aug. 22 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. The 8th annual fundraiser helps kids with incarcerated loved ones prepare for the new…

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Panel from the Untapped Potential of Second Chance Employees

Exploring the untapped potential of second chance employees

By Center for Community Transitions / October 17, 2019

Businesses should consider hiring second chance workers for the same reason they consider hiring any other candidate — because they’re good employees.  They’re “incredibly engaged and loyal members of staff” and an ideal solution for the current employment and labor shortage. As such, employers must “adapt their approach to talent acquisition in order to create…

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LifeWorks! Program Director Kevin Walsh and NC Attorney General Josh Stein

Kevin Walsh: From LifeWorks! intern to program director

By Center for Community Transitions / October 17, 2019

Kevin Walsh is the epitome of a second chance success story. A decade ago, following his release from prison, he had mandated weekly visits with a federal probation officer. Today, that same probation officer is referring clients to Kevin at LifeWorks!, where he was recently promoted to program director.  In just 5 years, Kevin’s journey…

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Newsletter – August 2019

By Center for Community Transitions / August 11, 2019

It’s almost time for kids to head to school… We’re still collecting items for our 8th annual Back in Style fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 22. The event will help 300 kids with incarcerated loved ones prepare for the new school year by providing free school supplies, meals and haircuts. Back in Style donations wish list  Deadline…

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CCT heads to state capital for Second Chance Lobby Day

By Center for Community Transitions / July 31, 2019

Center for Community Transitions staff and supporters joined 1,000-plus members of the NC Second Chance Alliance at the 2019 Second Chance Lobby Day May 7 at the NC General Assembly. The statewide alliance is made up of people with criminal records, their family members, service providers, congregations, community leaders and concerned citizens who have come together to address the causes of…

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Spring Fling honors dedicated volunteers

By Center for Community Transitions / July 31, 2019

We celebrated our dedicated volunteers May 14 at our annual Spring Fling volunteer appreciation event. Trish Morrison, Audrée Gilbert, Bethany Mason and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church ELCA received the Making the Difference award for their loyal dedication and unwavering commitment. We thank them – and all of our volunteers – for their outstanding contributions toward…

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Partner Spotlight: Mecklenburg County ABC Board

By Center for Community Transitions / July 31, 2019

CCT would not be successful in providing reentry and family services without financial support from organizations like the Mecklenburg County ABC Board. The board demonstrates its strong commitment to community by funding “innovative programs and services that lead to best practice interventions or strategies” that prevent or combat alcohol or substance abuse-related issues. The foundation partners…

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Torrey Smith surprises Center for Women residents

By Center for Community Transitions / July 31, 2019

Carolina Panthers’ Torrey Smith paid a surprise recently to our Center for Women residents. A Charlotte newcomer, Smith wanted to learn more about the program, which assists with actions plans for employment, family reunification and housing. He spoke to residents about his own experience of being the child of an incarcerated parent and offered words of encouragement to…

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Finding Home: People with records still face housing challenges

By Center for Community Transitions / July 31, 2019

Nearly one in three Americans have a criminal record and having a conviction can make it challenging to find housing. Many CCT clients can afford to pay rent, but they’re rejected by landlords because of their background.WFAE is taking a year-long look at Charlotte’s affordable housing problem through the series, Finding Home. Hear and read what Executive…

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CCT heads to state capital for Second Chance Lobby Day

Newsletter – June 2019

By Center for Community Transitions / June 11, 2019

CCT heads to state capital for Second Chance Lobby Day Center for Community Transitions staff and supporters joined 1,000-plus members of the NC Second Chance Alliance at the 2019 Second Chance Lobby Day May 7 at the NC General Assembly. The statewide alliance is made up of people with criminal records, their family members, service providers, congregations, community leaders and…

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