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Myra Clark retires from CCT; Patrice Funderburg named new executive director

By Center for Community Transitions / January 14, 2020

Myra Clark has retired as executive director of the Center for Community Transitions (CCT) after leading the organization for 22 years. Patrice Funderburg, former CCT board co-chair and local criminal justice advocate, was named new executive director effective Jan 1, 2020. Clark, who first joined CCT in 1988 as program director for the Center for…

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Holiday thank you message from LifeWorks! client

By Center for Community Transitions / December 23, 2019

This Christmas, our staff received a heartfelt note from James, a LifeWorks! and FIT program client who credits CCT for helping him become a “more successful person.” To continue to support returning community members like James by providing employment resources and support, we need to raise $50,000 by Dec. 31. Please donate today and make…

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FIT Program Client Spotlight: Meet Robert

By Center for Community Transitions / December 12, 2019

Robert was 60 years old when he was released from prison in Goldsboro on June 5, 2018. He had $94 to his name; three days later, he was down to $4. Like many people who reenter society following incarceration, Robert had no place to live, a job, health insurance or access to health care services.…

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LifeWorks! Employee Spotlight: Meet Traletta

By Center for Community Transitions / December 11, 2019

When Traletta got out of prison, she had no savings, job or employment prospects. What she did have was a criminal record and an uphill battle to convince employers she was worth the risk of hiring. “But then I entered the LifeWorks! program at the Center for Community Transitions and it helped take me down…

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Families Doing Time: Client spotlight

By Center for Community Transitions / December 9, 2019

*Liz has lived with family the last 5 years under difficult circumstances: her husband and the father of her children is incarcerated. This year, she was ready to venture on her own – despite lack of support from immediate family members – because she knew it would be a better environment for her 4th and…

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Families Doing Time kids head to Dan Nichols Park for gems, animals and fun

By Center for Community Transitions / November 12, 2019

Mining for gems, riding the carousel, hanging out with donkeys and filling their bellies with pizza – it was an action-packed day at Dan Nichols Park on Nov. 2 for about 20 Families Doing Time children. The outing was part FDT’s Enrichment Institute, which offers cultural enrichment field trips for families of incarcerated individuals. “When…

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Myra Clark talks Second Chances on BofA’s Neighborhood Builders panel

By Center for Community Transitions / October 21, 2019

Nearly 2.3 million people are held in America’s prisons and jails, the highest incarceration rate in the world. Over 10,000 people are released from state and federal prisons each week (more than 650,000 annually). Executive Director Myra Clark was invited to participate in a moderated panel this week focused on the “imperative of providing opportunities…

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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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