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Fall Newsletter (September-October 2017)

CCT News

Back in Style a Success!

We held our 7th annual Back in Style event August 24, the Thursday before Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools returned to class. The purpose of the event is to serve low-income households that have been further disrupted by the incarceration of a parent. These families struggle to afford school supplies that are costly but obviously necessary tools for a successful education.

During the event we provided participants with a hot meal, school supplies, back to school haircuts or styling, and a variety of fun enrichment activities. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Park Rd hosted our event in their building in addition to helping fund the event. The event ran past midnight despite only being scheduled to run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with dedicated volunteer barbers and stylists staying late to make sure all of the children were “back in style”!

Our volunteers deserve the credit for helping us succeed in this undertaking. Over 30 volunteers came out to support over two-hundred children. They served a variety of roles including checking people in, set up and clean up, cutting and styling hair, distributing food and school supplies, and even simply interacting with our clients.

Each year Back in Style has been able to serve more clients in our largest event of the year and we hope to continue that trend in 2018. Thank you to everyone who donated either money or school supplies making the event possible. We rely on your support to fund Back in Style as well as our other events. And we especially want to thank all of our sponsors:

  • Amdocs
  • Elevation Church
  • St. Matthew’s Catholic Church
  • New Waves of Joy
  • Uncle Maddio’s Pizza
  • Domino’s Pizza (Patterson Pizza Co.)
  • St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
  • West Cabarrus Church
  • Sonny’s BBQ
  • Coca Cola
  • Aon Hewitt

Photo Credit: Organic Imagery by Keyna (THANK YOU!). See more photos at http://www.organicimagerybykeynab.com/backinstyle

Top Right: A volunteer helps give out school supplies; Bottom Left: A volunteer works on a haircut; Bottom Middle: One of our clients is all smiles after getting his backpack; Bottom Right: A volunteer stays late into the night to finish up hair styles.


At CCT we rely on generous donors on you to provide the resources we need. Thank you to everyone who donated in the months of August and September.

Anonymous
Audra Atkinson
Frankie Barnes
Beth Bennett-Hill
Milt Childress
Myra Clark
Robert K. Daniels
David L. Drum
Jeffery S. Eason
Sallie Fitton
Fannie Flono
Eric and Robin Franz
Rosemarie Gancer
Gary Guffey
Betty Hong
Atalaya Henrietta Johnson
Dorian A. Johson
Wendy Kauffman
Cora Knox

Sponsors

Amdocs
Aon Hewitt
Arlington Baptist Church
Charlotte Friends Meeting
Coca Cola
Domino’s Pizza (Patterson Pizza Company)
Elevation Church
Making a Way Transportation
Mecklenburg County ABC Board
New Beginnings Church
New Waves of Joy
The Sally Jordan Family Fund
Sonny’s BBQ
St. John’s Baptist Church
St. Luke Catholic Church
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
St. Matthews Catholic Church
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza
United Way of the Central Carolinas
Valley of the Sun United Way
West Cabarrus Church


Opportunities to Give

Our Center for Women still needs more new bedding sets. Some of our sets are more than 10 years old and becoming thread bare. Help incoming residents feel more welcome by donating a new set today!

Donations can be dropped off at the facility 24/7. Please check in with the PA if you come outside of regular business hours.

5825 Old Concord Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28213

Thank you to those who have already donated!

As always, you can make a monetary donation securely online. Just click the button below.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Center for Women

A volunteer to train to drive women to Elevation Church for Sunday Services is needed. If you are interested, please contact the Center for Women’s Volunteer Coordinator, Nyeshia Carpenter at volunteers@centerforcommunitytransitions.org.

Third Tuesdays – Families Doing Time

Volunteers are always needed to assist with Third Tuesdays (family support nights). Volunteers may help set up, clean up, do activities with the children, serve and/or provide food, and more. If interested, contact Families Doing Time Program Manager, Charis Blackmon at cblackmon@centerforcommunitytransitions.org.


Events

National Day of Prison and Reentry Nonprofits , November 3rd

The National Day of Prison and Reentry Nonprofits is on Friday, November 3rd.

Newsletter – August, 2017

CCT News

Love Week at CCT

Each year Elevation Church dedicates a week to service, called “Love Week”. For years now, Elevation Church has sent a group of volunteers to CCT to give their time and energy and this year was no different.

Groups of volunteers came to both of our locations. First, a group came to LifeWorks! at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus and conducted mock job interviews with our clients. Mock job interviews are extremely helpful to our clients who are preparing for employment. The interviews allow them to practice some of the interview skills they learn in our LifeWorks! classes, including how to navigate any questions that come up about their criminal records. But our clients weren’t the only ones getting something out of the interviews. Some volunteers came away saying their hearts had been opened to people with criminal records, as our clients had completely dismantled the idea they had of what a person with a criminal record is like. What’s more, one volunteer stated they may have found a suitable and valuable employee!

A group of volunteers also came to our Center for Women where they again hosted “Family Day”. Family Day is an invaluable event for the resident women at the center. The center’s residents are women who are completing the last years of their prison sentences. Each of them was transferred to our facility from a NC state prison. For many of them, coming to CCT is the first time they have been able to receive family visits. Even for those who did receive visits in prison, those visits leave much to be desired! CCT does our best to create a more home-like environment at our Center for Women, so families can come and enjoy quality time with their loved ones. This helps restore family bonds and build healthy relationships – a key factor in reducing recidivism.

Family Day is an extra special visitation day for families at the Center for Women, because it creates a festival-like atmosphere and gives children the chance to play and have fun with their mothers in a relatively normal setting. Many of our clients’ families tell us this is a cherished experience for children who have spent years visiting their mothers behind bars.

We are so grateful to Elevation Church for making Family Day possible, and for providing opportunity to our LifeWorks! clients.

Top Right: Volunteers at LifeWorks!; Bottom: families and volunteers at Family Day


At CCT we rely on generous donors on you to provide the resources we need. Thank you to everyone who donated in the month of July.

Anonymous
Audra Atkinson
Frankie Barnes
Beth Bennett-Hill
Milt Childress
Myra Clark
Robert K. Daniels
David L. Drum
Jeffery S. Eason
Sallie Fitton
Fannie Flono
Eric and Robin Franz
Rosemarie Gancer
Gary Guffey
Betty Hong
Atalaya Henrietta Johnson
Dorian A. Johson
Wendy Kauffman
Cora Knox
Janine Lafferty
Hugh Lewis
Catherine Long
Thomas Patrick Long
Brenda Ford McCray
Patricia Morrison
Adair Morrison
Marcus Reddrick
Gail Swaim
Crystal Turner
Peter Q. Zeiler
Arlington Baptist Church
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Mecklenburg County ABC Board
St. John’s Baptist Church
The Mary Norris Preyer Fund
United Way of the Central Carolinas
Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign
Wilson Heights First Church of God


Opportunities to Give

The average American family spends $200 per child per year on school supplies. CCT’s client children have experienced the incarceration of a loved one, most often a parent. Families whose household incomes have been cut due the incarceration of a family member often struggle with the financial burden of school supplies. That’s why each year we host Back in Style, a back to school event that provides free school supplies, a free meal, and free haircuts to kids impacted by incarceration. Will you join us in helping prepare these kids for school by donating for school supplies today?

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Center for Women

A volunteer to train to drive women to Elevation Church for Sunday Services is needed. If you are interested, please contact the Center for Women’s Volunteer Coordinator, Nyeshia Carpenter at volunteers@centerforcommunitytransitions.org.

Back in Style – Agency Wide

Volunteers are still needed for this annual Back-to-School event on August 24th. If interested, please fill out this interest form and staff member will contact you.


Events

Back in Style, August 24th

CCT’s annual back-to-school Back in Style event will be held August 24th for CCT clients only. We will need volunteers and donations of school supplies and backpacks. If you are interested in volunteering or in organizing a school supply drive, please fill out this interest form. If you would like to attend as a client REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – please contact Charis Blackmon at cblackmon@centerforcommunitytransitions.org or 704-494-8601 ext. 13 to register.

Newsletter – July, 2017

CCT News

SummerSHARE in Full Swing

For the third year in a row there’s a city-wide effort to bring donations into Charlotte-area nonprofits during the month of July. Summer is a time of high need at many nonprofits, including CCT, and yet we see a lull in charitable giving during these same months. The SummerSHARE campaign seeks to remedy that by encouraging Charlotte residents to give! Organized by SHARECharlotte, presented by Bank of America, and sponsored by Mecklenburg County, SummerSHARECLT runs July 10-21. CCT is one of more than 100 participating nonprofits. Each nonprofit is asked to highlight one item of great need. For us, that item is a backpack!

As you know, CCT’s Families Doing Time program serves families and children impacted by incarceration. Many of these families experience great financial strain due the incarceration of a loved one. For these families, school supplies, including backpacks, are a major burden. Each year, CCT seeks to lift this burden by providing our client families with necessary school supplies. We’re asking our supporters to give back to the community by giving a backpack!

You can purchase backpacks directly in our “Give Shop” online, or give a monetary donation.

To learn more about our SummerSHARE efforts, visit: www.centerforcommunitytransitions.org/summershare17


The Cost of Parental Incarceration

by guest blogger, Nicholas Perry, CCT Intern

If you asked me a week ago about the financial struggles of a family with an incarcerated parent, I’d have brought up the lost income of the family member imprisoned or maybe the lack of job prospects upon release. 2.3 million children in the United States have an incarcerated parent and face the realities of a damaged financial present and future. Research clearly shows that having a parent in jail can pull a child into poverty or worsen the situation for one already impoverished. As I dug into the topic, I was shocked to learn that when it comes to financial burden, the loss of the incarcerated person’s income is only the tip of the iceberg. Other costs associated with having a loved one in jail include  legal costs, costs of staying in contact with the incarcerated person, and lost income of the child decades down the road. For a child having a parent incarcerated during their formative years, financial stability is threatened both in the short term,and in their long term future, through the hindrance of their own opportunities for success. <keep reading>


At CCT we rely on generous donors on you to provide the resources we need. Thank you to everyone who donated in the month of June.

Jill Blumenthal
Myra Clark
Morrison Creech
John Garver
Alicia Gaul
JoAnn Germen
Robert Henderson
Janine Lafferty
Audra Mitchell Atkinson
Jeanne R. Ross
Blaine Sanders
John Tate
Arlington Baptist Church
Bank Of America
Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community
Katie & Tim Coff
St. Gabriel Catholic Church
St. Luke Catholic Church
The Leon Levine Foundation
United Way Of The Central Carolinas


Immediate Needs

We need volunteers and drive organizers for our Back in Style event August 24th! Back in Style is an annual event at which CCT provides our client families with needed school supplies, haircuts, and a hot meal in preparation for sending children back to school! We expect 300 participants and we need YOUR help making it a success. To volunteer at the event or to host a school supply drive at your church or office, just click the big green button and fill out the form!

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Events

#SummerSHARECLT, July 10-21

CCT is participating in #SummerSHARE 2017. Summer is the biggest time of need for many of our Charlotte nonprofits.

Visit our website for more details and to donate.

Family Day, July 29

Family Day will take place at the Center for Women on July 29th as part of Love Week with Elevation Church.

Back in Style, August 24th

CCT’s annual back-to-school Back in Style event will be held August 24th for CCT clients only. We will need volunteers and donations of school supplies and backpacks. If you are interested in volunteering or in organizing a school supply drive, please fill out this interest form. If you would like to attend as a client please contact Charis Blackmon at cblackmon@centerforcommunitytransitions.org or 704-494-8601 ext. 13 to register.

It’s SummerSHARE! Give Back with a Backpack!

July 10-21 is SummerSHARE in Charlotte!

Summer is the greatest time of need for many nonprofits in Charlotte, when needs are high and supplies are low. CCT is no exception. SummerSHARE, presented by Bank of America, is a fun way for YOU to make an impact and see exactly where your dollars are going!

CCT’s greatest need this summer is backpacks for children impacted by incarceration. Backpacks and other school supplies are costly, especially for households who are experiencing financial instability due to incarceration. You can help lighten the burden by donating backpacks and other school supplies. <READ MORE>

Newsletter – June, 2017

CCT News

Spring Fling 2017

CCT held its 5th Annual Spring Fling event on May 11th. The event was a great success with the highest turnout yet! We had a great time honoring our volunteers and supporters while enjoying live jazz music and FUNdraising activities. For the first time ever, we held the event at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus. The community garden provided an excellent backdrop for this event which celebrates growth and fresh starts.

Congratulations to volunteers of the year, Betty Ritchie, Joanna Patcha, and Tom Brown. Further congratulations to our employer of the year, Sam’s Sandwich Shop, which has been offering fair chance hiring and supporting CCT for over a decade. Last but not least, thank you and congratulations to this year’s Community of Faith award recipient, New Beginnings Church, which has sent us many committed volunteers and great programming over the years. See more photos here!

NC Seeks to “Raise the Age”

North Carolina is the only state that tries 16 and 17 year old children as adults for misdemeanors and nonviolent crimes. New York passed legislation just recently to phase out charging minors as adults for nonviolent crimes, leaving our state alone, and not in a good way. Current legislation in the NC General Assembly seeks to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction, also known as the age of criminal responsibility, to 18, bringing North Carolina in sync with every other state in the country.. Read More >


At CCT we rely on generous donors on you to provide the resources we need. Thank you to everyone who donated in the months of April and May.

Anonymous
AON Foundation
Arlington Baptist Church
Audra Atkinson
Beth Bennett-Hill
Jill Blumenthal
Shawn Buller
Tammi Burdine
Robert and Jo Caruso
Charlotte Friends Meeting
Myra Clark
Katie and Tim Coff
Brian Cromwell
Robert Daniels
David Drum
Duke Energy Foundation
Jeffery Eason
First Presbyterian Church
Mary Folley
GreerWalker
Ronisha Harris
Anne Hester
Beverly Hester
Brad Icard
Dorian Johnson
Atalaya Johnson
Stephanie Jones
Jerry Jordan
Wendy Kauffman
June Kimmel
Cora Knox
Janine Laffery
Thomas Patrick Long
Janelle Lozano
Hope Marshall
Matthew Martel
Brenda Ford McCray
Mike McNamara
James McQuage
Mecklenburg County ABC Board
Lu and Adair Morrison
Patricia Morrison
Rachel Nemecek
Claire Rauscher
Marcus Reddrick
Sanders Household
St. John’s Baptist Church
Heather Sweat
Anne Tompkins
Crystal Turner
United Missionary Baptist Association
United Way of the Central Carolinas
Katrina Wallace
Wells Fargo
Roy Wiggins
Loretta Wilson
Wilson Heights First Church of God
Whissette Wright
Peter Zeiler


Events

Third Tuesday, June 20

A monthly family event for those participating in our Families Doing Time program. New families are also invited. We request you please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.

For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Charis  Blackmon at cblackmon@centerforcommunitytransitions.org or 704-494-0001 ext. 13.

#SummerSHARECLT, July 10-21

CCT is participating in #SummerSHARE 2017. Summer is the biggest time of need for many of our Charlotte nonprofits.

You can shop July 10-21 for the products they need most this summer! More info coming soon.

Family Day, July 29

Family Day will take place at the Center for Women on July 29th. More details to follow.

Back in Style, August 24th

CCT’s annual back-to-school Back in Style event will be held August 24th for CCT clients only. We will need volunteers and donations of school supplies and backpacks. If you would like to attend, volunteer, or collect donations, please contact Charis Blackmon at cblackmon@centerforcommunitytransitions.org or 704-494-0001 ext. 13.

Spring Fling 2017

CCT held its 5th Annual Spring Fling event on May 11th. The event was a great success with the highest turnout yet! We had a great time honoring our volunteers and supporters which enjoying live jazz music and FUNdraising activities. For the first time ever, we held the event at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus. The community garden provided an excellent backdrop for this event which celebrates growth and fresh starts.

Congratulations to volunteers of the year, Betty Ritchie, Joanna Patcha, and Tom Brown. Further congratulations to our employer of the year, Sam’s Sandwich Shop, which has been offering fair chance hiring and supporting CCT for over a decade. Last but not least, thank you and congratulations to this year’s Community of Faith award recipient, New Beginnings Church, which has sent us many committed volunteers and great programming.

Check out more photos in our PHOTO ALBUM!

#DoGoodWeek in Charlotte and CCT

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. 

Table displays for The Second Chance Alliance

April is Second Chance Month

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 called the Second Chance Alliance. On behalf of our clients, we lobbied for several pieces of legislation that make sense for reentry and are smart on crime. Download the attached to see a full list of legislation we’re supporting, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for legislative updates.

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Newsletter – April, 2017

CCT News

New Garden at the Center for Women

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.

Charlotte Opportunity Task Force

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 causes of constrained mobility and propose solutions. Read More >

NC Aims to Reduce Use of Solitary Confinement

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 average time spent in solitary is nearly five years. Read More >


Arlington Baptist Church
Audra Atkinson
Tammi Burdine
Carolina Industrial Trucks
Myra Clark
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Thomas David Eiselt
Enpro Industries, Inc.

First Presbyterian Church
J. Kay Harris
Janine Lafferty
Mike McNamara
St. Luke Cathoic Church
St. Peter’s Catholic Church
United Way of the Central Carolinas
Lynn Whelan


Events

Documentary Screening “13th” April 22

The Concord Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated will host a community viewing of the documentary “13TH” followed by a panel discussion (including CCT’s own, Erik Ortega) on US criminal justice system reform. More information here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cac-public-screening-panel-discussion-tickets-33308901822

Do Good Week April 23 – 29

#DoGoodWeek is a city-wide week-long celebration of volunteerism. Everyone is encouraged to participate in or sign up for volunteer activities during this week. For a list of CCT volunteer opportunities, visit: https://sharecharlotte.org/nonprofit/center-community-transitions

Lobby Day – April 25

Lobby Day with Second Chance Alliance. Representative from various reentry-related organizations will meet with NC legislators in Raleigh.

Business Bootcamp May 4 – May 25

The next session of CCT’s Business Bootcamp will begin May 4th and run through May 25th at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus. CCT clients can register by calling 704-374-0762 ex. 3709

CCT’s Spring Fling

May 11 (see below)