One of our summer interns, Kate Capitano, wrote the following: An official goodbye to one of the most special places in my life: the days were never easy and the love was tough but for that exact reason I can say this summer I finally felt what it means to make the conscious decision to…

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“I can’t even explain it in words!’ Iris exclaims as she starts her release interview with me. “Everything I’ve been hustling for my whole adult life has come to be in the last 6 months”. It is August 8th, 2018, and Iris Thomas who will be 69 years young next week, is leaving prison by…

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CCT News We hope you’ll join us at our first ever “Friend-Raiser” March 22nd Join us March 22nd from 5-7pm for an upscale casual “Friend-Raiser” at Advent Coworking Space and enjoy appetizers, beer and wine, and great company while helping CCT. The purpose of this friend-raiser is to garner community support and raise awareness about…

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Photo by: Katie Toussaint Online news and culture publication, Charlotte Five, did a profile of LifeWorks! client, Tyrone Miller. In the piece, Tyrone shares his outlook on life after prison and his journey to try to find employment. Twenty-seven-year-old Tyrone Miller was released from prison just over a month ago. He spent nearly eight years…

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CCT is one of ten nonprofits being honored by the Playing for Others (PFO) class of ’17-18 this year. PFO is an organization in Charlotte that?provides a space for teens to explore and answer the questions, ?Who Am I?? and ?How will I give of that?? through programming in Personal Development, Service, and the Arts.…

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It’s #DoGoodWeek in Charlotte – a week of honoring AND recruiting volunteers! CCT Executive Director, Myra Clark, and CCT Volunteer,?Joanna Patcha, appeared on FOX 46’s “Good Day” show to talk about our work and some volunteer opportunities. Our current volunteer opportunities are listed on our ShareCharlotte Page.?

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Table displays for The Second Chance Alliance

All month CCT has been celebrating Second Chance Month as an informal month declared by a peer organization, Prison Fellowship, but today, it became official. The U.S. Senate Declared April Second Chance Month nationwide. It’s fitting then that we also visited our state legislators today as part of a coalition of reentry organizations across NC…

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Two women water a newly made garden bed.

Last week volunteer extraordinaire,?Pam Eavenson, assisted residents of the Center for Women with starting a vegetable and herb garden. The garden is on the grounds of our main facility and we look forward to watching it grow alongside our residents. Make sure you check it out next time you visit.

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NC has reduced its use of solitary confinement by more than 50% since 2012 but still has a long way to go according to a recently released Vera Institute report. Currently, incarcerated individuals may find themselves in solitary confinement (also known as segregation units) for minor infractions such as swearing. At some state facilities the…

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The Charlotte Opportunity Task Force, a group of 20 community members who spent 18 months studying intergenerational povery in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, released its report at the end of March. Charlotte-Mecklenburg was ranked 50th out of 50 in an economic mobility study conducted on America’s largest cities in 2013, and the task force aimed to discover the…

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