Newsletter – December, 2018

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Still frame of video of LifeWorks client, Michael Atta

Starting Over in Charlotte

LifeWorks! client, Michael Atta, briefly shared his experience finding the program after being released from prison. Michael was released after serving a nine year sentence for felony posession. He immediately relocated to Charlotte to live with family and found our programming. We are happy to report that since shooting this video, Michael found a management track position. His future plans include working with teens to help prevent them from making the same mistakes he did.

Celebrating the life of CCT Volunteer, Betty Ritchie

We are deeply saddened to announce that last month we lost a member of the CCT family. Betty Ritchie was a tireless volunteer with our Center for Women for many years and touched the lives of so many of our residents. She was our Center for Women Volunteer of the Year in 2017, but she really could have been awarded that every year. She lived her faith through actions by tirelessly serving the women of CCT. She will be greatly missed. We are deeply saddened by her passing and we celebrate her long and service-filled life. May her memory be eternal.

A memorial service for Betty will be held at Newell Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 2 pm. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

Full Obituary

Your help needed to get our new literacy and tutoring program off the ground

Families Doing Time‘s new Literacy and Tutoring Program needs your help. We are seeking space, books, and volunteers. The program will serve children who have an incarcerated loved one.

We are seeking a space located in West Charlotte that is easy to get to. We need two rooms. One room for up to 40 people and one room for about 10 people. The rooms are needed for 2 hours every Thursday from February-May. If a business or organization you are affiliated with is willing to donate such a space, or if you have some connection that might help, please contact our Families Doing Time Director, Charis Blackmon, at

We are also collecting donations of new and gently used children and teen books which will be used during the program and then gifted to the participants at the end of the program to help build their at-home library. Donations can be dropped off at 5825 Old Concord Rd.

Lastly, we are looking for volunteer tutors and reading buddies! Volunteers will need to commit to a brief training in January, and then 2 hours 2 Thursdays a month from February to May. If interested, please contact Families Doing Time Director, Charis Blackmon, at

Thanks for your support on Giving Tuesday!

CCT raised $769 on Giving Tuesday, a global day for giving, that happened on November 27th.  Thanks to generous donors like you, we are able to purchase 150 computer thumb drives so that our clients can save personal documents like their resumes to work more effectively and efficiently.

Give families affected by incarceration a

It’s the holiday season and a perfect time to make a donation to CCT and get a 2018 tax deduction. Each week throughout December you will receive an e-mail asking you to give to our ‘Second Chance‘ end of year campaign.Your generous gift of only $25 or more goes directly towards providing a second chance to our clients and their families that will help them overcome barriers and change their lives. Please click below and help us reach our goal of raising $30,000 by December 31, 2018!



At CCT we rely on generous donors like you to provide the resources we need. Thank you to everyone who donated in the month of October.

Charlotte Woman’s Club
Fred and Nancy Brumley Foundation
James Family Foundation
Mecklenburg ABC Foundation
United Way of Central Carolinas

Communities of Faith
St. Gabriel Catholic Church

Evan Ashkin
Mary Anna Calhoun
Linda H. Coble
Ebony Covington
Barb De Mase
David L. Drum
Jeffrey S. Eason
Emilio Echave
Charles & Jo Ann Fernald
Carol Hardison
Shika Hines
Betty Hong
Yvonne Jones
Wendy Kauffman
Catherine Long
Thomas Patrick Long
Bill Noonan
Casaundria Penn
Patricia Pye
Marcus Reddrick
Arturowe Palance Robinson
Tim Rowell
Harriett Steele-Campbell
Crystal Turner
James E. Wright

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