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Newsletter – July-August 2018

Help Send 300 Children with Incarcerated Parents Back to School In Style This Fall!

Each year CCT hosts a massive back to school event called “Back in Style” for our clients’ children. Most of our clients’ families are living at or below the poverty line, in large part due to the impact of incarceration on the family’s finances.

With school supplies costing an average of $250 per child, or families struggle to ensure their children are prepared for the new year.

At Back in Style, kids get the shool supplies they need, a free back to school haircut or hair style, AND a free meal. This event relies 100% on the generous donations of people like you.

Will you give today and help us make sure these children have what they need to start the school year off right?

CCT News

Alsco’s Lynne Hopkins shares why her company prefers to hire employees from CCT’s LifeWorks. The training and work ethic we instill in our clients leads to life-changing opportunities.

Elevation’s Love Week Prepares Clients For Interviews


For a week in July, members of Elevation Church treated CCT clients to dinners and one-on-one mock interviews. We are so thankful for our dedicated volunteers and community organizations who support our clients.

CCT Team Participates In Re-entry Simulation

We had a great turnout at the CJS Re-entry Simulation today. The frustrations and challenges our clients experience are real. During the simulation, CCT oard members and employees of the criminal justice system got a glimpse of what happens in our clients’ world. Some participants preferred ‘jail’ over trying to make it, others ‘stole’ and a few created a Black market. We are so proud of our clients who fight everyday to rebuild their lives despite systems designed to break them.

BBB Re-certifies CCT!

We are thrilled to announce that we received top marks from the BBB’s 20 standards for Charitable Accountability. Read the full report here.

 

Iris Thomas Releases from The Center for Women

“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 way of CCT’s Center for Women. She’s been in and out of prison since she was 23 years old; this last time since 2011. She says this time is different, this time she will not be going back. “I came in with a different mindset. I said to myself ‘I’m definitely not coming out the same way I go in’. I just purged myself of all of that.” <Read More>

 


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

Foundations
June
Bank of America
Howard Levine Foundation
Mecklenburg  ABC Board
The Leon Levine Foundation
United Way of Central Carolinas
July
United Way of Central Carolinas
Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation

Faith Community
June
Arlington Baptist Church
St. Luke’s Catholic Church
July
Arlington Baptist Church
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
Myers Park Baptist Church

Individuals
June
Mike and Leslie McNamara
Blaine and Anne Sanders
Jonathan R. Eide
Angela Forde
Smoky and Margaret Bissell
Anonymous
Janine Lafferty
Alexandra Joachim Scoggin
Richard Scott Fox

July
Cindy Gibson
Sallie Fitton
Janine Lafferty
Michael Alexander
Jeanne Rorie Ross
Kenneth and Jane Schorr
Matthew Martell
Deborah R. Bell

In Kind support
June
Mike Newell
Rountree Plantation
Beth Bennett-Hill
Katina Wallace

 

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 Monday10:45 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

Benefit Tea for the Center for Women Education Fund

September 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Center for Women – 5825 Old Concord Rd. Charlotte, NC
Free – But be prepared to make a donation!
Please RSVP to communications@centerforcommunitytransitions.org or 704-389-0319

Each year, some incarcerated women living at the Center for Women choose to advance their education and CCT strives to cover the costs of classes, books, and materials. Join us for tea and sweets and hear from Center for Women alumnae about their educational experiences.

Find out more »


Employer Appreciation Breakfast

January 29, 2019 @ 7:30 am
Location TBD
Charlotte, NC 28206 United States + Google Map
Free

Employment is one of the most important elements in successful reentry, and our clients could not find gainful employment without employers who are aware of the benefits of hiring people with criminal records and willing to do so. With this event, we say “thank you” to those employers, and welcome new employers interested in learning about hiring people with criminal records.

Find out more »

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 

 

 

 

 

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…

Find out more »


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!

Find out more »

 

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.

Newsletter – January 2018

CCT News

When All the Presents Burned, CCT Stepped Up

Two days after Thanksgiving, Ms. Perry was cooking dinner for herself and her 11 year old granddaughter, Jo’Asia. Ms. Perry had been Jo’Asia’s guardian since she was a baby and her father, Ms. Perry’s oldest son, had been sent to prison. The day had started like any other day, but in a matter of seconds everything changed. Suddenly, the stove Ms. Perry was cooking on caught fire. The flames spread quickly. One of her other adult sons, ran in to put the fire out. The grease fire was not easy to contain. He yelled for his mother to leave the house with Jo’Asia and call the fire department. He finally managed to extinguish the flames just before the fire department arrived, but by then walls had been destroyed, the stove had melted, and the pantry behind the wall was completely ruined. It was in the ruined pantry that Ms. Perry had been hiding all of her Christmas gifts for her family. They were all destroyed. <Keep Reading>


Warehouse 242 will host an event comprised of live jazz, refreshments, a panel discussion, and a book release surrounding incarceration and its affect on our city. The book sale proceeds will be donated to our Families Doing Time program.The event is free and open to the public.

CCT’s FDT Director, Charis Blackmon, will be participating in the panel discussion and sharing her insight on how this conversation affects Charlotte. <More Details>

 


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 December.

Jordan Abshire
Elizabeth Anderson
Audra Atkinson
Frank and Helen Aycock
LP Bailey
Dianne Bailey
The Barr Family
Marian Beane
Catherine Bessant
Crandall Bowles
Benton Bragg
William and Barbara Branch
Sherry Browning
Laura Budzichowski
Kaky and Garland Cassada
Myra Clark
Alexandra Conway
Judith Cook
Jimmy and Allene Cooley
Morrison Creech
Pam Crown
Elyse Dashew
Barbara De Mase
Carlos Evans
Charles and Jo Ann Fernald
Patricia Flanagan
Mary Folley
Angela Forde
Rosemarie Gancer
Doris Gibson
Kari Giles
Robert and Kristen Henderson
Ann Hester
Sally Higgins
Betty Hong
Christopher Hummer
June Kimmel
Janine Lafferty
Luke Largess
KD and CA Lawler
Sherry Lee
Eva Lee
Catherine Long
Richard and Saundra McGee
Chris McLeod
David Meiers
Lindsay and Mark Merritt
Stephen and Mary Milan
William Mitchell
Mujtaba Mohammed
Lu Morrison
David Nance
Rachel Nemecek
Susan Oleson
R. Anthony Orsbon
James Plyler
Patricia Pye
Amelie Ratliff
Lisa Reynolds
Henry Rock
David Schilli
Gail Seaim
Randolph Smith
Tawnya Stommel
Marjorie Tate
Mary Ellen Theiling
Cynthia Turner
Keva and Juanita Walton
Keith West
John Wester
Velva Woollen
Bright and Robert Wright
Julian and Amy Wright
Joe Young

Sponsors
Arlington Baptist Church
Calvary Christian Church
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Junior League of Charlotte
Mecklenburg County ABC
Milton and Carol Childress
New Waves of Joy
Piedmont District Convention
Saint Luke Catholic Church
Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian
Share Charlotte
St. John’s Baptist Church
United Way of the Central Carolinas
Wells Fargo


Opportunities to Give

Warming Kids Hearts – Saturday, February 3rd

The Junior League of Charlotte is hosting a donation drive for new winter accessories to benefit our Families Doing Time families. They are accepting socks, mittens/gloves, hats, blankets, and small stuffed animals. All items must be new with tags. Contact Jess Dienna at jdienna57@gmail.com with questions.

 


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

The Center for Women

If interested contact Nyeshia Carpenter at volunteers@centerforcommunitytransitions.org

Community Volunteer Sponsors are needed to be trained to transport the women residents into the community for excursions to church and various other activities like shopping and entertainment, substance abuse meetings, etc. Due to state regulations, volunteers must be female.

Skill building volunteers are needed to assist the women with school tutoring, computer training, resume writing, cover letter writing, etc.

Families Doing Time

If interested, contact Families Doing Time Program Manager, Charis Blackmon at cblackmon@centerforcommunitytransitions.org.

Empowering Kids with Incarcerated Parents (EKWIP): We will need assistance printing and binding EKWIP workbooks for these school-based support groups. Additionally, volunteers that are consistently available during school hours on weekdays are needed to serve as group assistants during EKWIP groups. A background check would be required for all potential group assistant volunteers.

Data Entry: As we shift to a new data system, we will need volunteers to help with data entry.

Chaperones are needed to assist with our quarterly cultural excursions (Enrichment Institute) to be held in November, February, and April.

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.

Resume Development: Every other Wednesday @ 10:45 AM (schedule may vary with holidays) – Assist clients participating in the employment readiness program with the development/revision of their resume.

FRESH START Goal Setting: Schedule open but will need to be consistent – Assist clients with their goal setting and stability tracker – training will be provided.


Events

February 6 – Warehouse Talks: Rethinking Incarceration

7pm-9pm, Warehouse 242
Warehouse 242 will host an event comprised of live jazz, refreshments, a panel discussion, and a book release surrounding incarceration and its affect on our city. The book sale proceeds will be donated to our Families Doing Time program. The event is free and open to the public.

CCT’s Families Doing Time Program Director, Charis Blackmon, will be participating in the panel discussion and sharing her insight on how this conversation affects Charlotte.

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! All Emerging Leaders participants must have prior involvement with the criminal justice system (juvenile and/or criminal justice involvement is required to be eligible and includes but is not limited to: actual incarceration [served time in jail and/or prison], arrest with or without conviction, under community supervision, i.e. parole, sentenced to probation-only, and involvement as a client in the juvenile justice system).

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 22 – Build People, Not Prisons

5pm – 7pm, Advent Coworking
SAVE THE DATE – 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 ticket information to come.

May 10 – Spring Fling

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

November 2017 Newsletter

Rally for Reentry

November 3rd was the National Day of Reentry Nonprofits and Charlotte’s Reentry Day. The Reentry Partners of Mecklenburg (RPM), of which CCT is a member, organized a special march and rally for reentry that evening.

The rally highlighted urgent needs in the reentry community in Charlotte: jobs with a living wage and housing. As you know, many people with a criminal record have difficulty finding work due in part to the stigma their record carries and a lack of employers willing to hire them. Finding a job with a living wage in Charlotte is even more difficult. What you may not know is how difficult it is to find housing in Charlotte. Not only does the individual need to prove they have an income, they also often must pass a background check. Very few landlords will rent to people with a criminal record. At CCT, we often have clients who will disclose their record right up front to a landlord, the landlord will encourage them to still apply (and take their application fee), and then reject them for having a criminal record. This rally sought to shed light on these issues and more, and bring the people working on them together.

The rally began in front of Jail Central and marched to Marshall Park where speakers shared their stories of challenges and successes in reentry. Participants carried signs reading “Believe in Second Chances” and chanted “What do we want? A second Chance! When do we want it? Now!”. News media was in attendance, and you can watch the story here.

CCT was proud to have a fantastic turnout of our representatives including board members, volunteers, donors, and staff. We hope the rally will become a tradition by continuing next year.

We streamed the rally on Facebook Live and you can watch it here.

Left: Board member and Center for Women volunteer with her husband Jeff, who also volunteers with CCT. Top Right: CCT LifeWorks! Director, Erik Ortega, poses with Pat Cotham, County Commissioner at Large and CCT and reentry champion. Bottom Right: Participants greet each other and begin assembling for the march.


A Release Story

About once or twice a month our Center for Women gets to experience the joy of seeing one of our residents get released. As some of you may know, the women who reside at the Center for Women are still incarcerated and are serving out the last years of their prison sentence in our residential reentry facility. Seeing their sentences end and the excitement of release is always a happy day for us.

Recently, one resident, whose name and photo we are withholding for privacy reasons, had an especially happy release day. She had not seen her son for years and he showed up for her release. The reunion was incredibly emotional. On top of that, this resident had been 100% involved in her reentry process since coming to CCT. She found full time employment and had managed to save over $10,000 while getting her other finances in order. She also knew she needed to get her health under control and was able to lose 40lbs and go off of some of her chronic medication. She is off to a bright start in her new life and we look forward to hearing from her in the future.


What our Clients are Saying

Every now and then we like to share with you some quotes from our clients about their time with CCT, and today we have a very “sweet” one for you from one of our LifeWorks! class evaluations:

“General Comments: CCT should buy donuts more often (LOL) Seriously you guys are so genuinely helpful and have made this a great experience.

Recommendations: Feed your clients more often (LOL) nah keep up the good work.”


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 October.

Audra Atkinson
Myra Clark
Paul and Linda Ibsen
Janine Lafferty
Kenneth and Jane Schorr
Katherine Southerland
John A. Tate

Sponsors
Arlington Baptist Church
Elevation Church
Mecklenburg County ABC Board
Rountree Plantation
Sally Jordan Family Fund
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
The Sunshine Lady Foundation
TK2 Ministries
United Way of the Central Carolinas
Valley of the Sun United Way


Opportunities to Give

Our Families Doing Time program is putting together “Caregiver Christmas Baskets” for 30-60 families. As you know, many of the families in the program struggle with making ends meet. These baskets will help lift some of that burden. Supplies needed are:

  • laundry detergent
  • household supplies (i.e toilet tissue, paper towels etc.)
  • new fleece blankets
  • candles
  • coffee mugs
  • novelty Christmas treats
  • $20 Walmart gift cards

Donations can be dropped off at the facility on Old Concord Rd. 24/7. Please check in with the PA if you come outside of regular business hours. Please let the PA know the donations are for the “Families Doing Time program”

5825 Old Concord Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28213

If you have any questions please contact FDT Director, Charis Blackmon, at cblackmon@centerforcommunitytransitions.org

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

If interested contact Nyeshia Carpenter at volunteers@centerforcommunitytransitions.org

Community Volunteer Sponsors are needed to be trained to transport the women residents into the community for excursions to church and various other activities like shopping and entertainment, substance abuse meetings, etc. Due to state regulations, volunteers must be female.

Skill building volunteers are needed to assist the women with school tutoring, computer training, resume writing, cover letter writing, etc.

Third Tuesdays – Families Doing Time

If interested, contact Families Doing Time Program Manager, Charis Blackmon at cblackmon@centerforcommunitytransitions.org.

Toys for Tots volunteers are needed to sort and prepare toys for our client families. Additionally, we will need volunteers to assist on the day of distribution.

Caregiver Christmas Baskets: We will need volunteers to assist with stuffing, wrapping, and delivering Christmas baskets to families during the holiday season.

Empowering Kids with Incarcerated Parents (EKWIP): We will need assistance printing and binding EKWIP workbooks for these school-based support groups. Additionally, volunteers that are consistently available during school hours on weekdays are needed to serve as group assistants during EKWIP groups. A background check would be required for all potential group assistant volunteers.

Data Entry: As we shift to a new data system, we will need volunteers to help with data entry.

Chaperones are needed to assist with our quarterly cultural excursions (Enrichment Institute) to be held in November, February, and April.

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.

Resume Development: Every other Wednesday @ 10:45 AM (schedule may vary with holidays) – Assist clients participating in the employment readiness program with the development/revision of their resume.

FRESH START Goal Setting: Schedule open but will need to be consistent – Assist clients with their goal setting and stability tracker – training will be provided.


Events

Connecting Charlotte, Friday, November 17, 7PM

Warehouse 242
2307 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28208
https://playingforothers.org/event/1718-connecting-charlotte/
On November 17th, the organization, Playing for Others, celebrates the amazing work being done in Charlotte’s non-profit community by shining the light on other non-profit organizations that are making a significant local impact.

Join us for an inspiring evening, including…

Original spoken word poetry written in honor of our 2017-2018 Non-Profit Honorees
Micro-grants for 12 non-profits, presented by PFO teens
Unique art installation, created by PFO teens in collaboration with artists from UMAR
Let’s gather together to honor the great work being done in our community. Get your tickets today!

SPECIAL OFFER:
Buy 5 or more tickets, receive $2 discount per ticket!

2017-2018 Non-Profit Honorees:
Camp Dogwood
The Center for Community Transitions!!!!!!!
Code for Charlotte
Girls Pursuing Science
HopeWay
Right Moves for Youth
Sustain Charlotte
Teal Diva
The Third Place
Wings Scholarship Program

Giving Tuesday , November 28th

You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday – well now there’s Giving Tuesday, an international day of giving back. You can give to CCT through volunteering or your financial support.

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.

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.

Immediate effects of having either parent incarcerated are either the placement of children in a foster home or strain on the other parent to provide for the children without the second income. This was the impact that was most apparent to me already but even the short term financial strain was worse than I thought. The three main fees are: legal costs, visitation fees, and loss of an income. 65% of families with an incarcerated member struggle meeting basic expenses. 49% with food and 48% with housing. The average debt is over thirteen thousand for court fees, however 40% of children supported by our Families Doing Time program are in households with an annual income of under $10,000 and 92% are in households making under $35,000 a year. What was most shocking to me were the enormous costs associated with visitation and even calling an imprisoned parent. It is difficult enough to maintain a connection through calls and letters but visits are costly and often offer no contact. Out of prison visits for important events or family emergencies can reach up to $100 each day as families are forced to foot the bill for the parole officer themselves. But most significantly, without the parent’s income, a child simply has less resources.

Even after release, having a criminal record remains a large obstacle for parents providing for their children. There are more than 44,000 local, state, and federal restrictions placed on people with criminal backgrounds. The parent will find they no longer have freedom over where they live or what jobs they can work. While housing discrimination is illegal, it still occurs. Daniel Bowes, an N.C. Justice Center lobbyist, explained that every arrest shows up on a background check and he estimates that 64% of employers are influenced by it. While I knew this to be the case as every job I have ever applied for asks whether I have a record, thinking about people with records as parents adds a different dimension. This further limits work opportunities and may even worsen a family’s economic situation since there is a possibility of having to feed one extra person now out of jail without that person’s income. Their children were innocent yet they pay the price even after their parent’s sentence ends.

Long term, children whose parents have been incarcerated tend to suffer mentally and emotionally during their development leading to an increased risk of incarceration themselves.Mental illness is more common amongst these children and their grades tend to suffer. Kristin Turney, a UC Irvine sociologist, examined minors with parents in jail and even when controlling for race and socioeconomic status found an increased probability of attention disorders, anxiety, and learning disabilities. But here is what really gets me: there is some evidence that a having a parent incarcerated is more traumatic than having divorced parents or even a deceased parent. Studies by various psychologists have shown how important our relationships with our caregivers are during our formative years and having a parent who is unable to be present, is devastating to children. This devastation leads too often leads to academic struggles and future financial instability.

Financial stability of children with incarcerated parents is threatened through no fault of their own. What is most heartbreaking is that parental incarceration has not only short term but lifetime long consequences. Long term these children are less likely to attend college or be employed and more likely to go to prison themselves. I’ve always been aware of how your parent’s income or education level can affect your future income or education but I have never thought about the effect incarceration of a parent has throughout the rest of a child’s life.  

I’m grateful that a program like Families Doing Time exists in Charlotte to help children with incarcerated parents. CCT’s mission is to help not only individuals, but families impacted by incarceration. Through Families Doing Time, CCT offers an in-school support program called “Empowering Kids with Incarcerated Parents” (EKWIP) that teaches coping skills and life skills to kids to help curtail the ill-effects of parental incarceration. Annually, the program serves about 300 children in 16 different schools. Families Doing Time also offers case management support and referral services to families, family support groups, and much more.

Despite CCT’s work with families, the need in Charlotte is still great. CCT estimates that at any given time there are around 5,000 children experiencing parental incarceration in Charlotte. CCT’s is stretched to capacity trying to serve just a fraction of those children. If we want to break the cycle of poverty and incarceration we need more resources and services for children impacted by incarceration.