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Home for the Holidays

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Imagine the Joy of a Child whose parent is home for the holidays for the first time in years. For some of our clients this is a reality, for others that moment is a distant thought.

This year we ask that you give our clients a piece of

“Home for the Holidays”

Here at CCT we are committed to creating pathways and opportunities that allow persons to experience positive, self-motivated change.  Your gift supports our work in helping children cope, families reunite, and the restoration of broken relationships.  Women and men that have been served by CCT:

  • Found and maintained employment with living wages
  • Developed social supports
  • Became more resilient
  • Discovered a new perspective for healthy living
  • Returned to their families as positive contributing members
  • Connected to helpful community resources

Being home for the holidays is a privilege that for most of us brings joy and excitement. For many of our clients this time of year is coupled with grief, sadness, and feelings of isolation. The memories of laughter, joy and celebration are tainted by the harsh reality of brokenness, hurt and lost time.  

Your generosity directly helps our clients create a future in which they will know joy and fulfillment. Your contribution will bring happiness and cheer to families impacted by incarceration who would otherwise have very little to look forward to.

Consider the incredible story of CCT client, Ms. Mock. After completion of our program and with the help of others in the community, such as yourself, she was not only able to move into her own fully furnished home, but this year, after years of spending Christmas yearning and dreaming to see the smile on her children’s faces, she will be spending Christmas with her children right by her side. This year she will begin to create a new joyous family narrative.

So please, help us as we work to help another person’s thought become a reality and find it in your heart to make a donation to The Center for Community Transitions by Friday, December 16th.

Your gift will brighten this Holiday Season for clients and families in need of hope.

Contributions at the given amounts will:

      $25 purchase one copy of the Working Smart curriculum

      $75 purchase work clothes and shoes for one ready-to-work client

      $100 provide two incoming clients at the Women’s Facility “New Start Packs”

      $250 provide food at one Third Tuesday family support and fellowship event

Together, we can give our families “a piece of home for the holidays.”

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Women’s Education and Reentry

Woman speaks to listeners gathered at the Women's Education Fund Tea Event

An Education Fund Participant speaks at the annual Education Fund Tea at Amelie’s French Bakery & Cafe

Education is a key element to a successful life after incarceration. Women with specialized training or a college education are more likely to find employment, provide for their families, and remain out of prison. The Women’s Education Fund was established in 2012 to provide the residents at the Center for Women the opportunity to pursue an education as they complete their prison sentences. In September, CCT held it’s 2nd Annual Education Tea fundraiser to support the fund. Enough funds were raised to send 5 women to class at CPCC.

To date, 31 students have participated in the Women’s Education fund since 2012. To remain in the program, students must maintain a C average or better. Multiple students have been inducted into honor societies and one participant has gone on to obtain a Master’s Degree.

Education has allowed me the opportunities to overcome many obstacles, some that have either ben imposed on me by my own actions or those of others. It has allowed me to spread my wings and soar and know that I can achieve my dreams and my goals. I am more than just my past record; I have the ability to affect change in myself and in others.” –E. H., Education Fund Participant

This year, we would like to thank all donors who gave to the fund; our wonderful hosts, Mimi Beal, Sonja Johnson, Brenda Peake, and Bonnie Tangalos; and Amelie’s French Bakery & Cafe for their generosity and support.



Back In Style

IMG_5841CCT held it’s yearly Back In Style event on Thursday, August 25th. The annual back to school event helps children with incarcerated parents prepare for the new school year by providing school supplies, school uniforms, and free haircuts and hair styles.

This year we served more than 90 families, provided bookbags and school supplies 220 children, 85 free hair cuts, and 39 uniform sets! Forty schools were represented and we had 32 volunteers.

CCT estimates that 5,000 children in Mecklenburg County have a parent who is currently incarcerated, and 10,000 more have experienced parental incarceration at some point. Parental incarceration increases the risk of children living in poverty, and we see this with our clients every day. For many, back to school shopping is major financial strain, which is why we started Back In Style 6 years ago.

Thank you to the many many individuals, churches, and groups who donated items, our amazing volunteer barbers and stylists, and all of the other volunteers who served, as well as our sponsors who provided food and drink.

Corporate Sponsors

Aon Foundation

AMDOCS

Gillespie’s Barber and Styling

Exclusive Cuts Barbershop

Office Depot

Walmart

New Waves of Joy

Myers Park Mustangs

Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance

Links

Food Provided By

Anonymous
Uncle Maddio’s
Prairie Pizza D.B.A. Dominos Pizza
Coca Cola
Elevation Church

Back In Style – School Supplies Needed

On August 25th CCT will host its 6th annual back to school readiness event, Back In Style. The event serves CCT’s clients’ families by providing school children with needed school supplies.

CCT estimates that 5,000 children in Mecklenburg County have a parent who is currently incarcerated, and 10,000 more have experienced parental incarceration at some point. Parental incarceration increases the risk of children living in poverty, and we see this with our clients every day. For many, back to school shopping is major financial strain, which is why we started Back In Style 6 years ago.

In addition to providing children with school supplies, the event also offers a barbershop station, where volunteer barbers cut children’s hair for free. A new hair cut helps shore up confidence in facing a new school year. All attendees will also recieve a free meal, because we know many families struggle during the summer without access to school lunches.

How You Can Help

Earlier this year, the barber shop school where most of our volunteer barbers came from in years past, shut down. CCT is now seeking additional volunteer barbers for this 3 hour event. For more information, contact Shareef Ivey at 980-202-3065 or sivey@centerforcommunitytransitions.org

CCT is collecting donations of the below school supplies from now until August 18th.

Three ways to donate by August 18

  1. Drop Supplies off at CCT Administration located at 5825 Old Concord Rd, Charlotte, NC 28213. For more information, contact Charis Blackmon at 704-494-0450 ext. 13.
  2. Amazon Wishlist – If you use Amazon Prime you can purchase items through our Amazon Wishlist online and they will be shipped to us directly.
  3. Donate $  – Monetary donations are also appreciated and will help purchase additional school uniforms. Donate Online Here or mail a contribution to:
    PO Box 33533
    Charlotte, NC 28233

Needed Items

Book Bags

Binders

Notebook Paper (Wide Ruled & College Ruled)

Folders

Pencils & Pens

Pencil Boxes/Pouches

Crayons, Colored Pencils & Markers

Composition Notebooks

Erasers

Glue Sticks

USB Flash Drives

Calculators

Sprial Notebooks

Scissors & Highlighers

School Uniforms & Socks

#SummerShareCLT – Because “Need” Doesn’t Get A Vacation

This weekNeed Doesnt Get a Vacation lemonade graphic, Charlotte neighbors  have the opportunity to support our community in an important way. Taking place through July 22, SummerSHARE inspires neighbors to help give “need” a vacation by purchasing highly-needed items from our Give Shop or dropping off those items any time during the campaign. You can also make a monetary contribution online.

“The need in Charlotte doesn’t get a vacation, ever,” said Kelly Brooks, founder of SHARE Charlotte. “SummerSHARE is an opportunity for our city to rally around our nonprofits when a lot of them need help the most, in the summer. They’ve made it really easy by asking for exactly what they need!”

SummerSHARE is a collaboration of nearly 80 nonprofits serving Mecklenburg County spearheaded by SHARE Charlotte.

CCT is asking for copy paper especially this summer. We use paper for everything from client resumes to kid’s worksheets, and it’s a big expense. #summershareCLT only lasts until July 22nd, so visit www.summershare.org now to make a donation or purchase an item from our Give Shop Wish List. Then spread the word and encourage friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to join you in supporting us and the entire nonprofit community. #summershareCLT

LifeWorks! Now at Goodwill Opportunity Campus

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Goodwill Opportunity Campus Exterior

CCT’s LifeWorks! program is now housed in the new Goodwill Opportunity Campus.

Classroom Space

Classroom Space

The new Goodwill Opportunity Campus, located on the corner of Wilkinson Boulevard and Boyer Street in Charlotte, is a 160,000 square foot facility aimed at providing a seamless continuum of support to disadvantaged job seekers all in one location. The facility houses a job resource center, private interview rooms, testing and assessment accommodations, a mock retail training store, youth center, child care facility, full-service kitchen, cafe, community conference center, and a number of classrooms and computer labs.  It also houses a Goodwill high-end GW store and a Goodwill Outlet Store, financial services, and health and wellness services. The facility opened to the public June 30th.

Computer Terminals

Computer Terminals

LifeWorks! clients will now be able to easily access the many other services located in thecampus, as well as having state of the art classrooms equipped with flat screen monitors for LifeWorks! classes. Additionally, the campus has brand new computers available for public use so clients can conduct online job searches, type resumes, and check email in the same location. LifeWorks! offices reopened on June 30th, and classes will resume Tuesday, July 5th.

You can read more about the Goodwill Opportunity Campus in the full press release here: Goodwill Opportunity Campus Opens for Services

LifeWorks! is Moving to the Goodwill Opportunity Campus

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CCT’s LifeWorks! program is moving to its permanent location in the new Goodwill Opportunity Campus on June 23rd. The new facility will open June 30th.

LifeWorks! provides people with criminal records with a variety of tools necessary to reach their professional and personal goals. Program offerings include an employment readiness workshop, networking opportunities, case management, career development, transportation assistance, and referrals.

As the program has grown, so have its space needs. For the past 18 months, Plaza Presbyterian Church has generously provided temporary space for the program. In the meantime, Goodwill has been busy planning and raising funds for its Opportunity Campus.

The new Goodwill Opportunity Campus, located on the corner of Wilkinson Boulevard and Boyer Street in Charlotte, is a 160,000 square foot facility aimed at providing a seamless continuum of support to disadvantaged job seekers all in one location. The facility will house a job resource center, private interview rooms, testing and assessment accommodations, a mock retail training store, youth center, child care facility, full-service kitchen, cafe, community conference center, and a number of classrooms and computer labs.  It will also house a Goodwill Outlet Store, financial services, and health and wellness services.

CCT could not be more excited to have LifeWorks! be a part of this new venture. The Goodwill Opportunity Campus will make the program more accessible and allow it to reach and serve more clients.

LifeWorks! will relocate on June 23rd, 2016. Services will reopen on June 30th at the new location.

CCT on Charlotte Talks – New Federal Guidelines On Housing Policy And Criminal Records

CCT’s Executive Director, Myra Clark, joined other expert guests on the radio show, Charlotte Talks, on April 19th to discuss recently released federal guidelines on housing policy and criminal records. Two of the most important factors to successful reentry from prison are housing and employment. Unfortunately, many of our clients face an uphill battle when trying to find adequate housing, because so many landlords will not rent to individuals with criminal records. The new guidelines seek to alleviate this problem somewhat, stating that a blanket ban on tenants with criminal records could violate certain housing discrimination laws, and providing suggestions to landlords on how to navigate vetting tenants who may have criminal records. Charlotte Talks discusses different sides of this issue, and the possible ramifications of the new guidelines.

You can listen to the full program at Charlotte Talks online.