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Center for Community Transitions - Charlotte NC

Patrice Funderburg, New CCT Executive Director

Executive Director Patrice Funderburg Reflects on 2020, Highlights Path for CCT’s Future

By Center for Community Transitions / March 10, 2021

When I joined CCT as the agency’s first Black Executive Director in January 2020, I was excited about the symbolic transition after Myra Clark had successfully led the organization for over three decades. With an increasing national focus on criminal justice, I anchored my leadership focus on meeting the team and learning about and assessing…

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Jeff Korzenik, Chief Economist at Fifth Third Bank

Chief Economist: Hiring Second Chance Employees is Worthwhile Business Community Investment

By Center for Community Transitions / March 10, 2021

As birth rates decline and the labor market tightens, the “richest pool of potential” in the economy are people who have been touched by the justice system, according to Jeff Korzenik, chief economist at Fifth Third Bank. Korzenik is a national advocate for second chance employment and author of “Untapped Talent: How Second Chance Hiring…

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2nd Chance Virtual Event

Second Chance Employment Summit

By Center for Community Transitions / March 9, 2021

Ending Economic and Social Inequalities Takes Collective Community Effort If Charlotte wants to become a city without economic and social inequalities, the whole community – both public and private sectors – must disrupt the cycle of incarceration by reevaluating hiring practices and supporting second chance employment. That was the consensus among the 100-plus employers, workforce…

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February 25th, Romana Brant Day

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles Proclaims Feb. 25 as “Ramona Brant Day”

By Tim Morin / March 1, 2021

It’s no coincidence the Center for Community Transitions chose Feb. 25 as the date for its Second Chance Employment virtual summit on investing in and hiring workers with criminal records. That day marked three years since the unexpected death of Ramona Brant, a City of Charlotte employee who was making the most of her “gift”…

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Second Chance Employment Summit

Investing In, Hiring Workers with Criminal Records Focus of CCT’s Feb. 25 Second Chance Employment Summit

By Center for Community Transitions / February 10, 2021

Investing in untapped talent – workers with criminal and conviction records – is the focus of Center for Community Transitions’ virtual summit, “Greater Charlotte Pathways Home: An Executive Convening on Second Chance Employment.” The online event will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Feb. 25, for second-chance employers, workforce development professionals, hiring managers and…

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Highlights from Back in Style, LOVE Week

By Center for Community Transitions / September 10, 2020

Back in Style, our 9th annual back-to-school event to help kids with incarcerated loved ones prepare for school, shifted from in-person to drive-thru this year. CCT staff and volunteers distributed free backpacks filled with school supplies to elementary, middle and high school students who participate in Families Doing Time and Center for Women programs. Due…

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Myra Clark

Memories with Myra Clark: Looking back on 32 years at CCT

By Center for Community Transitions / August 7, 2020

The *Center for Community Transitions began in 1974 in the basement of a church, operating on a $700 annual budget. Under Myra Clark’s leadership, CCT transformed into a $1.7 million organization that’s helped thousands of formerly incarcerated people rebuild their lives and reintegrate as productive members of society. Every day she came to work, it…

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Bob Barker Company

Surprise! CCT receives unexpected $25K gift from Bob Barker Company

By Center for Community Transitions / July 30, 2020

Earlier this summer, Executive Director Patrice Funderburg received an unexpected gift in the mail: A $25,000 donation from the Bob Barker Company “Our company wanted to step in and provide this extra check for you and your work, especially with people returning from jail or prison,” said Founder and CEO Bob Barker in his letter…

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Thank you to Tayco Electric and Solar for donating sandwiches

Thank You to Our Giving Tuesday Now Donors

By Center for Community Transitions / May 7, 2020

Thanks to generous donors, we raised $1,000!  If you didn’t donate during Giving Tuesday Now it’s not too late, you can still make a donation. Thank you to Tayco Electric and Solar who donated 35 sandwiches to residents at our Center for Women on Giving Tuesday!

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Clients receive services and support during pandemic

Care through Crisis: CCT clients receive services and support during pandemic

By Center for Community Transitions / April 22, 2020

From food and clothing referrals to telemedicine and medication management, Center for Community Transitions hasn’t let a global pandemic keep us from providing essential support and services to formerly incarcerated individuals.   “Our clients served their time and are now reentering a community filled with so many unknowns. Right now, they need our support more than…

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