- Board President’s Message
- Executive Director’s Message
- Financial Snapshot
- Organizational Outcomes
- Client Story
- Thank You to Our Supporters
But for the Grace of God
CCT is all about providing second chances. I tell my kids, “there but for the grace of God, go I”. Just stop for a moment and think about your own past. Think about those around you who mentored you, who showered you with wisdom, who helped guide you through some tough choices, who helped you stay in school, and friends who positively influenced you—basically all those who provided help when you needed it, and even when you didn’t think you needed it. Imagine if you had been born into different circumstances, where some of those people never entered your life. Imagine what turns your life may have taken. There is not a doubt in my mind that, had I been born in a different zip code, my path could easily have taken a wrong turn. Not everyone is so lucky. These are the people that we at CCT are determined to help. They deserve a second chance at life. Come join us in offering them one. We are determined to put your resources to good use. We want to help people realize their potential. They have a lot to offer, and it’s our job to help them forge a new path.
-John A. Tate, III, Board President
Transitions. We have all been through them in many areas of our life. Health. Professional. Personal. Family. Transitions throw a curve in our paths, or sometimes set us on entirely new paths. At CCT, we strive to help our clients through difficult transitions. We help them transition from prison to society, to a job, to independence. In fiscal year 2015 we served 1,124 individuals across our three programs. Many of them made successful transitions.
FY2015 has also been a time of transition for CCT itself. We have made two big decisions that will positively impact our ability to carry out our mission. First, the LifeWorks! program will soon join other partners at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus. The campus will be a ‘one stop shop’ for a variety of services from employment readiness, to banking, to medical care and child care. Goodwill estimates that 30% of the people they serve have criminal records, and feel LifeWorks! is a great fit for this population. We expect LifeWorks! to be operational in the new location June 30th, 2016.
Second, CCT will be transitioning our operations to the SalesForce platform. CCT will use SalesForce to manage programs, client services, volunteers, donor services, and employee services, as well as collect data. This will be a huge transition for us in 2016 and will allow us to provide better service to clients, become more efficient, communicate better internally and externally, and collect and report data more easily and accurately.
We look forward to what these new, exciting transitions will bring!
-Myra Clark, Executive Director
CCT FY15 Financial Snapshot
We believe that to accomplish our mission, we must address the challenges related to incarceration as well as reentry that affect both the justice-involved individuals and their families. Our three programs are designed to meet these challenges. In fiscal year 2015, at least 64% of CCT clients reported a household income of less than $15,000. CCT programs provided direct services to 1,124 individuals, affording benefits to 706 families.
LifeWorks! provides employment assistance and personal evaluation to prepare clients for their job search and employment retention. In 2015, the statewide recidivism rate was 40.7%. LifeWorks! graduates who found and maintained a job, had a recidivism rate of only 10%! This reflects what research has shown, finding a job quickly and keeping a job is a major factor in reducing the number of people who return to prison. That’s why our programs are so important.
Families Doing Time serves families separated by incarceration by providing emotional support and practical information about the criminal justice system and community resources
that can provide stability. We use a two generation model to make sure that not only does a parent not return to prison, but that their children go down a different path. This year we served 234 children, 181 families, and 9 schools. We are happy to share that our program evaluation found that 81% of children showed improvement after participating.
The Center for Women is a 30 bed residential program for incarcerated women who are eligible to participate in a reentry program to prepare for release. Our residents are responsible for finding and holding employment, paying restitution, preparing meals, and general upkeep of the facility. All of our residents also complete the LifeWorks! program. This year we housed 48 women. Ten of those women attended post-secondary education. The Center for Women typically has a recidivism rate of just 13% compared to 40.7% statewide.
Dedrick Boyd and Taquaylon Watson – Finding a Way Forward
Dedrick Boyd was doing great. He was enjoying raising his son, Taquaylon, all on his own, coaching football and basketball, and had stable housing and employment. The kids he coached considered him a mentor, a responsibility he took very seriously. Dedrick was happy, feeling he could provide for his son and raise him right. Then, one fall day, Dedrick’s life veered off course.
He was waiting in his home for Taquaylon, then 8, to arrive home from school, when his Godson came running in to tell him “Daddy, they’re getting Quaylon!” His heart dropped. Dedrick says, “I immediately thought someone was trying to kidnap him, because I knew he was getting off the school bus”. So Dedrick ran out of the house in panic.
He found that his son and another little boy had gotten in a fight. The other boy’s father approached, and instead of trying to diffuse the situation, the man attacked Dedrick’s son, hitting him and throwing him to the pavement. Seeing this, a grown man attacking his 8 year old son, Dedrick’s parental instincts took over. He chased after the man and shot at him, an act he says he can’t really remember because he was blinded by rage.
Dedrick was arrested and charged with a violent crime. In court, his neighbors spoke out on his behalf, attesting to his great work as a coach and mentor, and him being a quiet and respectful neighbor. The judge gave him a light sentence: two weeks in jail and several months’ probation. But the ramifications of his crime, an act Dedrick admits was a huge mistake, go far beyond his sentence. Dedrick lost his housing, his employment, his basketball coaching, and his car all as a result. He was devastated, not knowing a way forward.
One day at school, while his father was still wearing an ankle monitor, Taquaylon was given information about CCT’s Families Doing Time program. Dedrick and Taquaylon connected with us right away and began receiving case management services. Staff has been working tirelessly to help find Dedrick a new job and stable housing. Finding housing has proven to be a major challenge, because most housing programs will not accept someone with a violent criminal record. “Once you have that record, it’s hard for anybody to look past that, even in a situation like Dedrick’s where most parents can probably sympathize with him” states Families Doing Time program assistant, Charis Blackmon. Today, while our staff continue to assist him, Dedrick is staying with generous friends and family. Taquaylon is meanwhile staying with a family member.
Dedrick and Taquaylon still have a long road ahead of them to get back on track and find the stability they once had, and Families Doing Time will be with them every step of the way. We can be there because of your generous support. Your donations allow us to keep serving families and to help parents like Dedrick get back on their feet.
Thank You to Our Supporters
We are extremely grateful for the support we received in fiscal year 2015. Our work would not be possible without your selfless generosity.
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United Way of the Central Carolinas
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