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.

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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.

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