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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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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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