News and Media Features

Our Founder Joined Local Community Activists in Atlanta for Justice Day at the Capitol 2017 to Speak with Local and State Legislators About The Issues of Mass Incarceration and Its Crippling Impact on Columbus and the State of Georgia (2/1/17) 

Our founder and a board director, Meeko Menefee, attended Justice Day at the Capitol on 2/2/17 along with local Columbus leaders to speak with state legisl​ators about the issues surrounding criminal justice reform and how our communities are drastically impacted by mass incarceration, the barriers to reentry and the stigmas associated with having a criminal record in hopes of reaching solutions to give better opportunities for those returning home from prison and affected by a felony conviction. Please click the following link to read the entire story http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article130455134.html

PHYSICAL OFFICE CLOSED, BUT THE WORK CONTINUES! 

Our Founder & Board Director featured in the Inspiration section of online magazine's "The Prison Report" on January 29, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click the link to read the full story: http://prisonreport.org/how-i-used-my-test-as-testimony/

 

July 5, 2016: Interview with Joe Ripley of WRBL News

July 6, 2016: Interview with Iresha Jones of WTVM    (Reentry Awareness Month and Kickoff Events)

July 7, 2016: Interview with Greg Loyd of WRBL News             (Would You Hire This Woman? The Importance of Giving Second Chances to the Formerly Incarcerated)

July 14, 2016: Community Spotlight Guest on WRBL with Mercer Van Schoor

July 20, 2016: Interview with Ashley Garrett of WTVM              (Support Group for Formerly Incarcerated)

July 20, 2016 Interview with Jose Zozaya of WTVM                 (The importance of Formerly Incarcerated Being Supported in Their Reentry and Changing Their "Circle" of Friends)

June 29, 2016 We were featured in the Columbus Ledger Enquirer on our efforts in receiving a proclamation from Governor Nathan Deal to recognize July 2016 as Reentry Awareness Month in the state of Georgia. You can view the article here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article86429872.html

On June 23, 2016, we had the honor of meeting the Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, and receiving a proclamation observing July 2016 as Reentry Awareness Month for the state of Georgia. It was truly an honor to not only be recognized for this accomplishment but to know that our founder is a returning citizen who has not only worked hard in establishing a firm foundation for this organization within the community but is a returning citizen herself who knows first hand the challenges of reentry and the long road of trying to rebuild your life and re-establish trust with family and the community once released from prison. 

On June 7, 2016, we went before city council of Columbus, GA to receive our proclamation to observe July 2016 as Reentry Awareness Month. We are so proud as we have worked very hard these past two years to bring awareness to the challenges faced by retruning citizens, including the lack of employment, housing and access to public assistance, all neccessities needed in order to be productive and self-sufficient members of our communities. 

June 2016- It was such an honor to be asked to participate in a promotional video for National Reentry Awareness Month. It's so great to be a part of a project featuring so many accomplished, productive and successful returning citizens! 

On April 4, 2014, we were interviewed by WLTZ 38's Natalie Fultz about our program and why we feel it's important to hire ex-offenders in order to reduce our city's crime. (The video has since been removed by its creator and is therefore, unavailable.)

On April 16, 2014, we were interviewed again to get our opinion on the passing of Senate Bill 365, the new bill signed by Gov. Deal requiring the Georgia Board of Corrections to create a certificate program to ensure that ex-offenders are ready to re-enter society and find jobs. The program will require inmates to complete treatment plans and vocational training while in prison, and adhere to the plans once they're released or put on probation and parole.

 

Senate Bill 365, good news for ex-offenders

Posted: Apr 14, 2014 6:13 PM EDT

Updated: Apr 14, 2014 6:13 PM EDT

 

 

 

By Natalie Fultz

COLUMBUS - From fast food restaurants to construction work, employment opportunities for ex-offenders are slim to none.

"If you have felony, you're supposed to always be stuck on the back line flipping burgers. They aren't giving you an opportunity and a lot of those places, even if they are hiring people with a felony, that's only for the crew...management you're ineligible. Period," Waleisah Wilson says.

Maybe it's the stereotype that surrounds an ex-con that keeps employers from giving them a chance.

"Will it be a financial risk? Will they steal from me? Will they assault someone? Those are validated risks," Wilson says.

But if ex-cons can't find jobs, how can the recidivism rate go down? Governor Deal is trying to tackle that problem signing Senate Bill 365 that requires prisons to offer programs that will teach prisoners job skills while behind bars.

"A lot of them are lacking on the "soft" skills..knowing how to communicate with other people, and a lot of them are lacking on how to do a proper resume. A lot of them don't have interviewing skills," Wilson says.

But even with this program would employers give ex-cons a fair chance? Only time will tell if this certificate will make a difference.

 

On April 16, 2014, our very own Meeko Menefee was interviewed by WTVM's Sara Lim during today's Offender Job Fair held by Bell Walker of the Columbus Probation Office

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On April 16, 2014, we were invited to attend the first ever Offender Job Fair and were interviewed by WTVM news as well as the local paper, Columbus Ledger Enquirer. Below is our pic that made the front page! You can read the full article at http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/latest-news/

WTVM news coverage and interview of our Ruby Tuesday Community GiveBack Fundraiser held on May, 18, 2014.

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On March, 27, 2015 an article featuring an interview with our very own Waleisah  Wilson ran on the front page of the Ledger-Enquirer regarding her views on "Ban the Box" and its pros and cons. You can read the aricle here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29438059.html

November 2015: Interview with WRBL News on the challenges of reentry