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Center for Community Transitions - Charlotte NC

Jeff Korzenik, Chief Economist at Fifth Third Bank

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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CCT + Wells Fargo Center for Community Engagement + Queens University = Dynamic and sustainable partnership

CCT + Wells Fargo Center for Community Engagement + Queens University = Dynamic and sustainable partnership

Thanks to our partnership with Wells Fargo Center for Community Engagement, students from Queens University got to see firsthand how incarceration affects mental health and learn how we work with the Charlotte prison system to offer services to formerly incarcerated individuals. The center aligns with the university’s strategic plan to ensure every student “engages in…

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