Thank you to everyone who made SpringFling 2018 a success! We enjoyed fun, food, fellowship and caught up with former clients. It was a great night. Special thanks to saxophonist LaShan “Shableek” Richardson, My Camille’s Cafe and Catering and BoogyTyme Rentals.
Congratulations to all over our Spring 2018 award recipients:
LifeWorks! Volunteer of the Year – Jeff Nemechek
Employer of the Year – Alsco
Families Doing Time Volunteer of the Year – Junior League of Charlotte
Faith Community of the Year – New Waves of Joy
Center for Women Volunteer of the Year – Vanessa and Trent Chance
Mark your calendars! Spring Fling is May 10. FREE, but please RSVP: Communications@centerforcommunitytransitions.org. See other upcoming events on our Events Calendar.
CCT Client Makes National Honor Society
When Evelyn completed The Center for Community Transitions last year, she thought she could easily live on her own.
It wasn’t as easy as she thought it would be, but CCT gave Evelyn the tools she needed to keep moving forward. Instead of trying to navigate roadblocks alone, Evelyn tapped her network of faith, family and friends. They kept her on track. This spring, Evelyn was inducted into the National Honor Society at Central Piedmont Community College. It’s a milestone in her journey.
“The hardwork pays off,” said Evelyn, 46. “Everybody needs someone to help them. Reaching out, utilizing your resources, it makes it easier.”
Evelyn plans to graduate from CPCC in Spring 2019. It’s the first step in her goal of pursuing a career working with women coming out of prison.
It’s a story she knows well. She was accepted into CCT in August 2015. She took advantage of CCT’s opportunities such as returning to college, attending church and seeking counseling. She worked through childhood issues that plagued her into adulthood. Evelyn makes it look easy, but it’s not. She’s a mother of four, including two minor-aged children, works two full-time jobs all while attending college.
To stay balanced she is committed to monthly check-ins with CCT staff members and she also works with Changed Choices. She tells her professors about her past, her challenges and her determination.
“When you’re honest,” she says, “people are willing to actually go the extra mile to help you accomplish what you’re trying to accomplish.”
VolunBEERing at NoDa Brewing
Dozens of volunteers stopped by CCT’s table at NoDa Brewing on Saturday, April 21st for a special National Volunteer Week event. CCT was one of several local non-profits to participate in VolunBEERing sponsored by Share Charlotte. Staffers Erik Ortega and Jesse Schwab guided volunteers to create graduation packets for our CCT clients as a “table-top” volunteer activity.
Celebrating Our First Ever “Friend-Raiser”
CCT’s Friend-Raiser drew nearly 100 people and helped Center for Community Transitions raise nearly $2,000. Our staff, donors and board members had a wonderful opportunity to share the CCT story with members of the community. Thanks to everyone who attended.
At CCT we rely on generous donors like you to provide the resources we need. Thank you to everyone who donated in the month of March.
Audra Mitchell Atkinson
Betty G. Harkey
Hope L. Marshall
John A Tate III
Myra M. Clark
Priscilla G. Laula
Covenant Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church
St. Luke’s Catholic Church
Sugar Creek Charter School
United Way of Central Carolinas
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.
Does your organization/community of faith/school seek a greater understanding of incarceration and what it is like to reenter the community? Do you want to understand the challenges our clients face? Are you concerned about the impact having a loved one incarcerated has on children? Want to know what you can do to help?
CCT offers experiential workshops for groups like yours. We’ll walk you through simulations and scenarios that give you a deeper understanding of what life is like for our clients. You’ll also learn about policies you can advocate for and ways you can help CCT continue to carry out our mission.