Author Archives: Myra Clark

United Way, Awards And New Faces (June 2018)

May was crazy! First there was the great turnout for Spring Fling 2018, and the Women’s Impact Fund awarded Families Doing Time the Human Services Grant.  On June 7, the United Way Board voted to support CCT with $172,250 funding for FY19.  These are important investments in our organization, and will help us improve the economic mobility opportunities of our clients and families. 

Former Resident Graduates

Congratulations to former resident Ludenia!!! She graduated from Gardner Webb with a bachelor’s degree in May. Ludenia worked on the degree while she was with us, and had funding from the CCT Education Fund and the Sunshine Ladies Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

We Love The Boy Scouts

Thank you BSA Troop 99, Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church for helping us assemble dressers. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization.

Junior League Honors Center for Community Transitions

We are so thankful for the Junior League of Charlotte for their partnership and commitment to our clients. We are honored to be Community Partner of the Year.

Meet Our Interns 

Corrina Bost (L) 
I am in my fourth year at Appalachian State University. After this summer, I’ll have my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Anthropology.

I am an aunt to three nephews and a sister to two brothers, three sisters, two brothers-in-law, and a sister-in-law. I enjoy cooking, reading, running, and watching any episode of ‘The Office’ or ‘The Walking Dead.’

My favorite movie is ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.’ I enjoy doing hair, nails, and most things cosmetology-related!

Kate Jennings (R)

I just finished my first year at UNC-Chapel Hill studying Global Health with a concentration in Latin American studies. I am pre-med and hope to one day combine public heath and medicine.
I enjoy running, reading, politics, and writing. I found the internship through Covenant Church’s People in Mission program and will be surrounded this summer by them, my mom, dad, stepmom, and brother.
I look forward to meeting 30 new faces and seeing where this summer leads!


At CCT we rely on generous donors like you to provide the resources we need. Thank you to everyone who donated this Spring.

Anonymous

Deborah R. Bell

Myra Clark

Linda H. Coble

Ebony H. Covington

David L. Drum

Jeffrey S. Eason

Mary Folley

Ronisha H. Harris

Atakaya H. Johnson

Yvonne Jones

Wendy W. Kauffman

Thomas P. Long

Matthew Martell

James Quage

Marcus Reddrick

Arturowe P. Robinson

Harriett Steele-Campbell

Crystal Turner

Lauretta S. Wilson

James E. Wright

Organizations

Arlington Baptist Church

Charlotte Friends Meeting

Mecklenburg County ABC Board

NODA Brewing Company

Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church

United Way of Central Carolinas

Women’s Impact Fund

Many thanks to everyone who tagged us in Amazon Smile and for the volunteer team from Ekos Brewmaster did yard work at the Center for Women.



Opportunities to Give

Our Back In Style event is August 23rd and we want to make sure our children prepared. Please work with members of your community and faith-based organizations to collect school supplies for children we serve.  We need backpacks, spiral notebooks, composition and loose leaf notebooks, loose leaf paper, pencils, glue sticks, pencil boxes or zipper bags.

Contact Charis Blackmon for more details. cblackmon@centerforcommuitytransitions.org 

 

 

 

 

Good Times At Spring Fling 2018

Thank you to everyone who made SpringFling 2018 a success! We enjoyed fun, food, fellowship and caught up with former clients. It was a great night. Special thanks to saxophonist LaShan “Shableek” Richardson, My Camille’s Cafe and Catering and BoogyTyme Rentals.

Congratulations to all over our Spring 2018 award recipients:

LifeWorks! Volunteer of the Year – Jeff Nemechek

Employer of the Year –  Alsco

Families Doing Time Volunteer of the Year – Junior League of Charlotte

Faith Community of the Year – New Waves of Joy

Center for Women Volunteer of the Year – Vanessa and Trent Knight

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – May 2018

8th Annual Spring Fling 2018

Mark your calendars! Spring Fling is May 10. FREE, but please RSVP: Communications@centerforcommunitytransitions.org. See other upcoming events on our Events Calendar.

CCT Client Makes National Honor Society

When Evelyn completed The Center for Community Transitions last year, she thought she could easily live on her own.

It wasn’t as easy as she thought it would be, but CCT gave Evelyn the tools she needed to keep moving forward. Instead of trying to navigate roadblocks alone, Evelyn tapped her network of faith, family and friends. They kept her on track. This spring, Evelyn was inducted into the National Honor Society at Central Piedmont Community College. It’s a milestone in her journey.

“The hardwork pays off,” said Evelyn, 46. “Everybody needs someone to help them. Reaching out, utilizing your resources, it makes it easier.”

Evelyn plans to graduate from CPCC in Spring 2019. It’s the first step in her goal of pursuing a career working with women coming out of prison.

It’s a story she knows well. She was accepted into CCT in August 2015.  She took advantage of CCT’s opportunities such as returning to college, attending church and seeking counseling. She worked through childhood issues that plagued her into adulthood. Evelyn makes it look easy, but it’s not. She’s a mother of four, including two minor-aged children, works two full-time jobs all while attending college.

To stay balanced she is committed to monthly check-ins with CCT staff members and she also works with Changed Choices. She tells her professors about her past, her challenges and her determination.

“When you’re honest,” she says, “people are willing to actually go the extra mile to help you accomplish what you’re trying to accomplish.”

VolunBEERing at NoDa Brewing

Dozens of volunteers stopped by CCT’s table at NoDa Brewing on Saturday, April 21st  for a special National Volunteer Week event. CCT was one of several local non-profits to participate in VolunBEERing sponsored by Share Charlotte. Staffers Erik Ortega and Jesse Schwab guided volunteers to create graduation packets for our CCT clients as a “table-top” volunteer activity.

 

Celebrating Our First Ever “Friend-Raiser”

CCT’s Friend-Raiser drew nearly 100 people and helped Center for Community Transitions raise nearly $2,000. Our staff, donors and board members had a wonderful opportunity to share the CCT story with members of the community. Thanks to everyone who attended.


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 March.

Anna Calhoun
Audra Mitchell Atkinson
Betty G. Harkey
Betty Hong
Deborah Nemecek
Dorothy Cole
Helene Hilger
Hope L. Marshall
Janine Lafferty
John A Tate III
Julie Tuggle
Marie Morrison
Myra M. Clark
Pamela Nemecek
Patrice Funderburg
Priscilla G. Laula
Rachel Nemecek
Ted Cabot
Tina Marshall
Tony Orsbon
Willie Wachowiak

Sponsors

Covenant Presbyterian Church
Elevation Church
First Presbyterian Church
Roundtree Plantation
St. Luke’s Catholic Church
Sugar Creek Charter School
United Way of Central Carolinas

Volunteer Opportunities

For a full list of volunteer opportunities visit our Volunteer Page.
LifeWorks!

If interested contact Erik Ortega at eortega@centerforcommunitytransitions.org

Mock Interviews: Every Other Monday@ 10:45 AM & Thursday 10:45 AM (Schedule may vary with holidays) – Assist staff with conducting mock job interviews with clients participating in our employment readiness classes. Questions and evaluation tool will be provided and individual feedback from the experience is welcomed.

Newsletter – March 2018

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 the needs of people reentering the Charlotte community from jail or prison, and the needs of Charlotte children experiencing parental incarceration.

This evening will feature a special guest performance by Playing For Others teens of their spoken word piece, “Build People, Not Prisons” and the premier of CCT’s newest video, developed by Basic Cable. You’ll also enjoy live music, appetizers from Ink N Ivy, beer and wine.

Tickets are $25.Tickets include admission, appetizers, desserts, and drinks. We encourage you not only to attend, but bring a friend or two that you can introduce to CCT.

All proceeds from the event will benefit CCT’s three core programs serving Charlotteans impacted by incarceration.

Join us to mingle, learn, and build people, not prisons.

MARCH 22, 2018 @ 5:00PM — 7:00PM

Purchase your tickets here.
This Event Is Proudly Sponsored By:

Carolina Industrial Trucks

Freedom Mobility Center

SUM Bucha

CCT Honored with Song and Video at HeARTbeat

Last week, Playing For Others put on their largest performance of the year at McGlohon Theater in Sprit Square and honored CCT in the process. Playing for others is an arts-based organization that works with youth in Charlotte. Each year they choose 10 nonprofits to honor with art and performance pieces during the HeARTbeat event. This year, CCT was one of the 10 nonprofit honorees. A video was created and a song was written and performed in our honor and closed out the show. We are extremely touched by the efforts the teens put into our pieces and the tremendous reaction from the audience! We were able to bring about 30 clients and staff including some of our Families Doing Time youth who may one day participate in Playing for Others themselves! It was a wonderful experience.

A New Partnership with No Grease Barbershop

We are excited to announce a new partnership formed with No Grease Barbershop. No Grease will now offer free haircuts to our clients to help prepare them for job interviews! Clients will be given special vouchers for the free cuts and No Grease’s two Charlotte-area barber schools. Any clients in need of a free haircut may contact LifeWorks! for vouchers and instructions!

VolunBEERing at NoDa Brewing

Taste while you volunteer! CCT and other nonprofits will be at NoDa Brewing on Saturday, April 21st from 12pm-3pm for a special National Volunteer Week event. Come on out and taste a variety of brews while lending a hand at “table-top” volunteer projects! Fun for kids, friends and families! Learn more and check out other upcoming CCT events including “You Drink, NoDa Brewing Donates” and Spring Fling on our Events Calendar.

 

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 February.
Audra Atkinson
Ted Cabot
Myra Clark
Betty Hong
Janine Lafferty
Dumont and Shirley Linn
Thomas and Cynthia Marshall
Matthew Martell
Wendy Mills
Marie Morrison
Deborah Nemecek
Pamela Nemecek
Mary Stokes
Sponsors
Arlington Baptist Church
Carolina Industrial Trucks
Charlotte Woman’s Club
Christ Church Charlotte ECW
Mecklenburg County ABC Board
Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte
St. Gabriel Catholic Church
Sum Bucha LLC
United Way of the Central Carolinas
Valley of the Sun United Way
Veeva Systems
Warehouse 242

Opportunities to Give

The AmazonSmile triple donation promotion starts today!

If you’re an Amazon Prime member you can easily set up your account to donate a portion of your purchases to CCT. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to CCT.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase – NOW through March 31! Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/51-0185383 and Amazon donates to Center for Community Transitions!

Volunteer Opportunities

For a full list of volunteer opportunities visit our Volunteer Page.
LifeWorks!

If interested contact Erik Ortega at eortega@centerforcommunitytransitions.org

Mock Interviews: Every Other Monday@ 10:45 AM & Thursday 10:45 AM (Schedule may vary with holidays) – Assist staff with conducting mock job interviews with clients participating in our employment readiness classes. Questions and evaluation tool will be provided and individual feedback from the experience is welcomed.

 

Events

 Build People, Not Prisons

March 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
$25

The purpose of this friend-raiser is to garner community support and raise awareness about the needs of people reentering the Charlotte community from jail or prison, and the needs of Charlotte children experiencing parental incarceration. This evening will feature a special guest performance by Playing For Others teens of their spoken word piece, “Build People, Not Prisons” and the premier of CCT’s newest video, developed by Basic Cable. You’ll also enjoy live music, appetizers from Ink N Ivy, beer and wine. Early bird tickets may be…

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VolunBEERing at NoDa Brewing

April 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28206 United States + Google Map
Free

SHARE Charlotte is concluding DO GOOD Week (National Volunteer Week) with a volunteering event at NoDa Brewing, and CCT is one of the participating nonprofits! The event will be Saturday, April 21 from 12-3pm. Stop by and enjoy some sips from one of Charlotte’s best breweries while shuffling around to the various nonprofit booths, including CCT, for hands-on, table top activities. Fun for kids, friends and families! More information with a link to the event is coming soon. Stay tuned…

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You Drink, NoDa Brewing Donates

April 23 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28206 United States + Google Map
Free

April is National Second Chance Month! Second Chance Month is a time to recognize the reality people released from jails and prisons face when they try to reenter our communities: difficulty finding housing, work, transportation, and more. This April we have a fun way you can help! Come on out to NoDa Brewing on April 23rd from 4pm-9pm and order a draft beer. For every draft beer sold, NoDa Brewing will donate $1 to CCT! CCT is a nonprofit in…

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SAVE THE DATE – SPRING FLING 2018

May 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
TBD
FREE

Save the Date and join us for our 6th annual volunteer appreciation event – Spring Fling 2018! Check back for more details!

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A New Partnership with No Grease Barbershop

We are excited to announce a new partnership formed with No Grease Barbershop. No Grease will now offer free haircuts to our clients to help prepare them for job interviews! Clients will be given special vouchers for the free cuts at No Grease’s two Charlotte-area barber schools. Any clients in need of a free haircut may contact LifeWorks! for vouchers and instructions!

CCT Honored with Song and Video at HeARTbeat

On March 2nd, Playing For Others put on their largest performance of the year at McGlohon Theater in Sprit Square and honored CCT in the process. Playing for others is an arts-based organization that works with youth in Charlotte. Each year they choose 10 nonprofits to honor with art and performance pieces during the HeARTbeat event. This year, CCT was one of the 10 nonprofit honorees. A video was created and a song was written and performed in our honor and closed out the show. We are extremely touched by the efforts the teens put into our pieces and the tremendous reaction from the audience! We were able to bring about 30 clients and staff including some of our Families Doing Time youth who may one day participate in Playing for Others themselves! It was a wonderful experience.

Newsletter – February 2018

 

CCT Executive Director Participates in City-Wide Panel on Mass Incarceration

On February 6th, CCT Executive Director, Myra Clark, participated in a panel at a city-wide event about mass incarceration. The event, “Rethinking Incarceration” was hosted by Warehouse 242 and featured a new book by the same name, authored by Dominique DuBois Gilliard. Mr. Gilliard was the keynote speaker and also served on the panel. The other panel members were Toussaint Romain, Ramona Brandt, and Councilman Braxton Winston. <Continue Reading>
The event was a wonderful start to a much needed ongoing conversation in Charlotte. Creative Loafing did a lengthy story that is worth a read if you would like to learn more:

Imagine being sentenced to four years in prison just for stealing clamps.

It’s a case that will stick with Toussaint Romain for years to come, and has only gone to further his belief that, as he told me during a recent chat, “There is no justice in the criminal justice system.”

<Read the full article here>


Charlotte Junior League HostsDonation Drive Benefiting CCT

On February 3rd, the Junior League of Charlotte hosted a wonderful donation drive benefiting our Families Doing Time children and families. The drive brought in a ton of hats, gloves, scarves, and snugly stuffed animals to keep children with incarcerated parents warm during this unusually cold winter. As you know, most of the children and families we serve are living in or near poverty income levels. Most need assistance with obtaining items for basic needs, like warm winter clothing. We are so grateful to the Junior League for their tremendous effort in putting on this successful event!


CCT Client Profiled in Charlotte Five

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. <Read On>

Photo by Katie Toussaint


CCT Honored by Playing for Others

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. Each year they choose ten local nonprofits for their teen artists to honor through spoken-word, video, music, dance, and more. On March 2nd, PFO will hold a huge culminating event called HeARTBeat at McGlohan Theater. <Keep Reading>


Join us for a one-of-a-kind event honoring 10 local nonprofits through music, dance and digital art. Playing for Others teens create and perform original works of art in honor of these incredible organizations and their service to the Charlotte community. Tickets Available Here.


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 January.


Opportunities to Give

Support CCT While
You Shop!

If you’re an Amazon Prime member you can easily set up your account to donate a portion of your purchases to CCT. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is thatwhen you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to CCT. Start supporting CCT today!


Volunteer Opportunities

For a full list of volunteer opportunities visit our Volunteer Page.

LifeWorks!

If interested contact Erik Ortega at eortega@centerforcommunitytransitions.org

Mock Interviews: Every Other Monday@ 10:45 AM & Thursday 10:45 AM (Schedule may vary with holidays) – Assist staff with conducting mock job interviews with clients participating in our employment readiness classes. Questions and evaluation tool will be provided and individual feedback from the experience is welcomed.


Events

February 17 – JustLeadership USA’s Emerging Leaders Training

By Application Only
JustLeadershipUSA is dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform. On Saturday, February 17, JLUSA brings its Emerging Leaders program right here to Charlotte! <Learn More>

March 2 – HeARTbeat – Honoring Nonprofits through the Arts

8pm-10pm, McGlohan Theater
This year CCT is SO EXCITED to be one of 10 nonprofit honorees at the annual Playing for Others HeARTbeat event! Join us for a one-of-a-kind event honoring 10 local nonprofits through music, dance and digital art. <Learn More>

March 8 – Applause for a Cause

6pm – 8pm, Sugar Creek Charter School
Sugar Creek Charter School will be hosting a student led open-mic night with all proceeds coming to the Families Doing Time program. The event will surround children of incarcerated parents and will highlight Families Doing Time’s work within the community. Ticket info to come.

March 14 – Professionals Who Happen to Have a Criminal Record – New Group Interest Meeting

Are you a Charlotte area professional who happens to have a criminal record? Are you interested in giving back to the community by helping others who have a record? CCT is holding an interest meeting on March 14th to discuss possibilities for forming a new group just for you. <Learn More>

March 22 – Build People, Not Prisons

5pm – 7pm, Advent Coworking

CCT is hosting its first ever Build People, Not Prisons evening event. The event will feature a live performance by Playing for Others teens, Hors d’oeuvres, and beer and wine. More details and tickets available here.

May 10 – Spring Fling

SAVE THE DATE for CCT’s 6th Annual Spring Fling. Details to come.

CCT Client Profiled in Charlotte Five!

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 behind bars in a North Carolina correctional facility for assault with a deadly weapon.

He shares this information with no hesitation as he leans back, relaxed, in a desk chair at The Center for Community Transitions (CCT) at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus off of Wilkinson Boulevard. CCT offers Lifeworks! programs to address the personal and professional needs of those with criminal records.

Miller offers an easy, bright smile. His black hair is kept in neat cornrows, almond-colored glasses round out his face and two sparkling studs flash on his ears. He wears a black button-down, charcoal slacks and black shoes.

It’s the perfect interview look.

<Read the full article here>

CCT Honored by Playing for Others

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. Each year they choose ten local nonprofits for their teen artists to honor through spoken-word, video, music, dance, and more. In the fall, the teens performed their spoken word pieces, and the piece done for CCT, “Build People, Not Prisons”, brought the house down! On March 2nd, PFO will hold a huge culminating event called HeART Beat at McGlohan Theater.

Today we met with PFO and the other nonprofit honorees to learn more about the event, and find out what sort of piece the teens will be doing in our honor. We were excited to learn that CCT will be honored with some type of MUSICAL piece!!! We hope you will join us on March 2nd for this truly exciting event. Some of our staff attended last year and the performances were professional level productions and extremely touching.

We’re also excited that some of the PFO teens will be making a special appearance at our first ever “Build People, Not Prisons Friend-Raiser” on March 22nd, where they will do an encore performance of their spoken-word piece from the fall. We hope to see you all there as well!

CCT Executive Director Participates in City-Wide Panel

Last night CCT Executive Director, Myra Clark, participated in a panel at a city-wide event about mass incarceration. The event, “Rethinking Incarceration” was hosted by Warehouse 242 and featured a new book by the same name, authored by Dominique DuBois Gilliard. Mr. Gilliard was the keynote speaker and also served on the panel. The other panel members were Toussaint Romain, Ramona Brandt, and Councilman Braxton Winston

More than 300 people attended the event and discussed topics ranging from the huge racial disparities in our criminal justice system, to the need for affordable housing and jobs for people with criminal records, to the impact of mass incarceration on children and families.

The event was a wonderful start to a much needed ongoing conversation in Charlotte. Creative Loafing did a lengthy story that is worth a read if you would like to learn more:

Imagine being sentenced to four years in prison just for stealing clamps.

It’s a case that will stick with Toussaint Romain for years to come, and has only gone to further his belief that, as he told me during a recent chat, “There is no justice in the criminal justice system.”

Romain, a public defender in Mecklenburg County who represents repeat offenders and habitual felons, was telling me about a client he represented last year named Charles. He had been caught at Lowe’s shoplifting metal hand clamps. When he was searched, he was found to also be concealing a package of fish he had stolen from BI-LO. Because he was a repeat offender, he was charged with a felony in relation to the shoplifting incident, and because he had previous felonies on his record, he was stamped as a habitual felon and faced 15 years in prison.

When Romain asked Charles why he was stealing when he knew his record meant he could be facing harsh punishment, his answer was heartbreaking.

“He said, ‘Listen, I’ll tell you. I stole the clamps so that when I put a fish on my metal rod, and I put the clamps on my fish, when I turn the rod over my campfire, the fish will cook evenly. Because I’m homeless. I learned how to do this when I was in the military,'” Romain recalled.

<Read the full article here>