Annual Reentry Events

Every year, thousands of individuals complete their sentence and need help transitioning back to their communities. Support comes from several sources, including a coalition of resources from government, nonprofit and business communities to address key reentry issues. The goal of successful reentry is to support individuals beginning before they leave incarceration so they have the support and tools they need to continue to build successful lives and remain healthy members of their communities.

April 2021 Second Chance Month Activities

April 2021 Second Chance Month Calendar - UPDATED April 14

1.    Event: Employment Workshop
Date: April 14th-16th
Organization: StepUp Ministry
How to Join: Visit www.stepupministry.org or call (919) 781-0156 ext. 113. See flyer.

2.    Event: Unmanned Aerial Piloting (Drone) training program
Date: Registration Day is Wednesday, April 14th
Organization: National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA)
How to Join: See flyer.
The National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA), a Raleigh-based Vocational Training Center (VTC) is looking for justice-involved candidates who have had no felony charges or convictions for the last 12 months to participate in their 10-week Unmanned Aerial Piloting (Drone) training program. Everyone who qualifies for SNAP benefits is automatically eligible to get full funding for the program. Register in person on Wednesday, April 14th, or fill out the interest form here: http://www.ncianet.org/contact/. See attached flyer for details.

3.    Event: Two Hawks Job Fair
Date & Time: Saturday, April 17th, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Organization: Hoke County Local Reentry Council and Two Hawk Employment Services
How to Join: See flyer.

4.    Event: Resource Fair
Date & Time: Saturday, April 17th, from 11am-2pm
Organization: Iredell County Local Reentry Council
How to Join: See flyer.
On Saturday, April 17th, from 11am-2pm, the Iredell County Local Reentry Council along with our Homelessness Collaborative are partnering with local resources to host an event focusing on reentry and homelessness issues as a support of our community and state/national awareness efforts underway. Local partners will have tables set up with resources and supplies to aid these individuals’ journeys. See attached flyer.
If you offer direct services or have resources to share with this population, please let Pam Navey know by April 14th (pnavey@statesvillenc.net).

5.    Event: Drive by/Walk by Resource Fair
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 from 10am to 2pm
Organization: Craven/Pamlico Reentry Council
How to Join: See flyer.
In recognition of Second Chance Month, the Craven Pamlico Reentry Council and Craven Community College will be hosting a Drive by/Walk by Resource Fair in Vanceboro, NC, on April 21st, 2021 from 10am to 2pm. Please see the attached flyer for details and please invite unemployed, underemployed, and justice involved individuals. All vendors are responsible for bringing their own tables, chairs, tents and brochures. Please reach out to Angela Wilson at angela.wilson@cpreentrync.org to confirm your attendance. Contact Ms. Wilson at 252-514-3189 with any questions, comments or concerns.

Craven Pamlico Re-entry Council is also planning a big photo opportunity and signing event celebrating the agreement between Craven Community College and the Craven Pamlico Re-entry Council. This event will happen during the aforementioned Drive-By/Walk-by Resource Fair in Vanceboro. Please arrive to the Vanceboro site location by 11:00am for photo and signing.

6.    Event: Troy Mann will present on Stigma and Recovery Support Services
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 21st 10:00-11:00am                 
Organization: Orange County Local Reentry Council
How to Join: Register here: www.orangecountync.gov/Stigma See flyer.

7.    Event: Food and Clothes Drive
Date & Time: Thursday, April 22nd, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Organization: Hoke County Local Reentry Council
How to Join: See flyer.

8.    Event: Celebration of Frontline Reentry Professionals
Date & Time: Thursday, April 22nd, at 1:00pm
Organization: Wake County Local Reentry Council
How to Join: See Zoom link

Topic: Celebration of Frontline Reentry Professionals
This goal of this event is to show appreciation for the sacrifice and tireless work of reentry professionals over these last crazy 16 months, with a focus on health and wellness. We will have presentations from participants, a memorial video from one of our faith partners, fun activities with a licensed therapist who will address compassion fatigue and give self-care strategies, PLUS lots of prizes and giveaways! Put your name in the chat upon arrival to be entered into the drawings.

Time: Apr 22, 2021 01:00 PM
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9.    Event: Coordinated LRC Meeting for Orange County
Date & Time: Friday, April 23rd 10:00-11:30am                 
Organization: Orange County Local Reentry Council
How to Join: Register here: www.orangecountync.gov/ReentryMeeting
and see attached flyer.

10.    Events: Reentry Virtual Job Fair
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 27th from 11am - 12:30pm
Organization: Nash/Edgecombe Local Reentry Council
How to Join: See flyer.

11.    Event: Understanding Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence and Trauma
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 27th 10:00-11:00am                 
Organization: Orange County Local Reentry Council
How to Join: Register here: www.orangecountync.gov/Survivors See flyer.

12.    Event: Virtual/Facebook Live Event. Theme: Relief from Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 27th, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Organization: Hoke County Local Reentry Council
How to Join: See Zoom link.

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13.    Event: Second Chance Alliance Presentation
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 28th from 10:00am-noon
Organization: New Hanover Local Reentry Council
How to Join: TBA
On Wednesday, April 28th from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, Second Chance Alliance Coordinator Daquan Peters will talk about the benefits of Second Chance and how it can help individuals who have been incarcerated.

14.    Events: Reentry Night of Hope
Date & Time: Thursday, April 29th, from 6pm – 7:30pm
Organization: Nash/Edgecombe Local Reentry Council
How to Join: See attached flyer.

Other Announcements:
In 2020, due to the pandemic, the Forsyth County Reentry Council (FCRC) was unable to conduct their regularly scheduled events. Based on their Reentry Simulations, they developed a “Getting Started” resource manual to help anyone reentering the community. This manual is accompanied by a “Getting Started” bag which includes various items, such as: toiletries, notebook, pen, toothbrush, toothpaste, masks, hand sanitizer. This effort is intended to help individuals exiting jails/prisons and being served by probation/parole, Project Re-entry, Stepping Up, and other FCRC partners. Reach out to Rebecca Sauter at rsauter@ptrc.org for more information.

The Brian Hamilton Foundation wanted to share the announcement of Free Enterprise, a new national TV show on ABC starring Brian Hamilton which premieres on April 3rd. Free Enterprise follows the stories of formerly incarcerated people who want to start their own small business with Brian’s guidance. Here is a 1 minute promo on the show. Check your local ABC listings in the next week for the air time in your area.

The link to the NCDPS county reentry resources is below.
https://www.ncdps.gov/our-organization/adult-correction/prisons/transiti...

 

Reentry Month 2020

Reentry Month 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper proclaimed August 2020 as Reentry Month in North Carolina, a time to highlight efforts at the local, state and federal level to assist formally incarcerated individuals with a smooth transition back into their communities.  

“Our reentry work begins before individuals have completed their sentences and continues after they return to their communities,” said Nicole Sullivan, director of Reentry Programs and Services. “We work to make sure they have the skills to rebuild their lives, help them make connections to family and resources, so they can overcome barriers like housing, employment and transportation.”

Due to COVID-19, the Reentry Summit was held virtually with two online events on Aug. 11 and 18. The events were aimed at helping reentry service providers, justice-involved people, and local and state government agencies learn more about the reentry landscape in the COVID-19 era, so that they can give up-to-date information to their clients, utilize this information themselves, and replicate the partnerships described here in their local communities.

Virtual Reentry Summit 2020 Materials
Gov. Cooper’s Reentry Month Proclamation
Gov. Cooper’s Executive Order No. 158 – Furthering Fair Chance Policies in State Government Employment
Reentry Month Virtual Summit Agenda
Speaker Bios

Additional Resources
Driver’s License Restoration and Expunctions
NCCARE360
NC Department of Public Safety Higher Education in Prison (HEP) Alumni Facebook group
Free Project Reentry Webinar Series
StepUp Employment Readiness Workshop
StepUp Durham

Reentry Summit 2019

Reentry Summit 2019

The NC Department of Public Safety, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Governor hosted a reentry summit March 12, 2019 with the theme “Harnessing Hope for People Returning from Incarceration.” The summit focused on sharing information and advice on how non-profit and faith-based organizations can effectively serve and support those returning to their communities after incarceration. The summit featured discussions and speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds and communities. More than 400 people from across the state met, networked, and learned from others who are involved with reentry to address solutions to challenges that justice-involved individuals face after incarceration.  

2019 Reentry Summit Resources 
Summit Booklet (includes schedule, speaker bios and welcome letters from Governor Roy Cooper , Attorney General Josh Stein and Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks)
Reentry Summit Resource List - additional resources to supplement the information shared at the Reentry Summit. 
Summit Participant List  
Call to Action Groups and Contacts - Get in touch with your Call to Action group. Send updates to Irene Lawrence  

Speaker Presentations and Other Resources *
An Intro to Jobs for Life - Shay Bethea
Building a Strong Foundation for a Reentry Council - Rebecca Sauter
Collateral Consequences Related to CJ Involvement - Lettisha Boyd
Concrete Methods for Advancing Equity and Opportunity - Lettisha Boyd
Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women Frequently Asked Questions - Jennifer Jackson
NEW Reentry Council - Sharon Goodson
Relief from a Criminal Conviction in North Carolina - John Rubin
Renting with a Criminal History
Transition for Special Populations - Dr. Jean Steinberg
TROSA - Jesse Battle

This summit was made possible by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, North Carolina Correction Enterprises, the Department of Justice, the Office of the Governor, the State Reentry Council Collaborative, and the SRCC Faith/Community-based Workgroup, as well as the generous contributions of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.