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            July is #GAReentryAwarenessMonth2021

Please click here for more details on all #GAReentryAwarenessMonth2021 events.

 

Often duplicated but WE DID IT FIRST! (Read 2016 Article- July Declared Reentry Awareness Month in Georgia)
 
July is Reentry Awareness Month throughout the state of Georgia, thanks to our founder, Waleisah Wilson, a justice-involved individual who has proven that when given the opportunities to thrive, we can! For the 5th year, Georgia's Governor has approved our proclamation request to honor Reentry Awareness, not just for a week or locally but for the entire MONTH and STATEWIDE! Please take the time this month to educate yourselves on the importance of smart justice and reentry initiatives that contribute to the success of those with criminal convictions. A felony conviction and incarceration IS the punishment itself! Therefore, once we have been convicted or have returned home from prison, those with criminal convictions should not be subjected to an additional lifetime of punishment such as lack of opportunities in employment, housing, education and access to resources. Please soften your hearts to understand that we all make mistakes and should not pay for them forever and that when justice-involved individuals are given opportunities to be successful and self-sufficient, their chances of re-offending are lessened!
 
WE CANNOT CONTINUE DOING THIS WORK WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT. Please support us by attending our events, through our fundraisers and campaigns and by supporting employers and businesses that hire justice-involved individuals/returning citizens as they are truly contributing to and INVESTING in the success of that individual and the safety of our communities. Thanks again to Georgia's Governor for approving our 5th request to recognize Reentry Awareness Month in Georgia.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS- This month we have great reentry focused events lined up (and some still in the works) including an employer's roundtable, a housing roundtable, a screening and discussion of 13th and of course fundraisers to help provide IDs, birth certificates, bus passes and housing for justice involved Georgians in need of a 2nd chance. Please support our efforts. See what we have planned and register here.
 
FUNDRAISERS- $2 for 2nd Chances & #DignityInHousing- Please note that we have only 2 fundraisers and campaigns. Any other solicitations for donations outside of these 2 campaigns are fraudulent. We are an all volunteer 501c3, NO MONIES THAT WE SOLICIT FOR DONATIONS GO TO SALARIES.
 
  • $2 for 2nd Chances Facebook Fundraiser- For July 2021, we are asking Facebook supporters to donate $2 for 2nd chances to dedicate to helping justice involved Georgians get IDs, birth certificates and bus passes, all critical in the reentry process to gain employment and/or housing. Whether you donate $2 or $200, every little bit adds up and helps. Facebook pays all the processing fees for you, so 100% of your donation goes directly to the nonprofit. Plus, Facebook has reviewed this nonprofit to confirm that it’s authentic. Please note that Facebook requires a minimum of $5 so if you can only afford $2, please donate that, indicating that it is for IDs, BCs and bus passes, at:
- Cash app: $NewLife2ndChance
- Venmo: @NewLife2ndChance
  • #DignityThroughHousing campaign- This is an ongoing collaborative effort with us and Pamela Winn and her org RestoreHer, to raise funds to start restorative and educational housing programs throughout Georgia. You can donate to this cause through Mightycause here
 

                     Don't Shop Where You Can't Work

Here at NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc. we believe that EVERYONE deserves a second chance and that everyone has dignity and the potential to be productive community members when given the chance to. As an organization that EXCLUSIVE serves those impacted by a criminal conviction, we are committed to empowering those we serve who deserve second chances get the opportunities they are so often denied. We have put out a call to action for direcly impacted individuals, our familes, friends and allies to be intentional in where we spend our money by ONLY supporting businesses that support us.

 

Therefore, we are asking that you NOT shop where you and your loved one cannot work! Going forward, we will be highlighing businesses throughout the country that are 2nd chance employers and are asking that you support them and to thank them for believing in 2nd chances. We want to get the point across that despite being locked out of employment oppoortunites because of a criminal conviction, we are still consumers and if businesses will not support us, we will support those that do! You can read more about our campaign to support 2nd chance employers on our Facebook call to action campain page: Don't Shop Where You Can't Work.

             Upcoming Reentry & Reform Focused Events

Go to Upcoming Events for event details 

In case you missed the March 9th Talk Justice Tuesday conversation on reentry featuring our founder, Restore Georgia, Recovery Warriors, Georgia Justice Project, Liberty County Reentry Coalition and Albany Second Chance. 

Justice Day 2020: Columbus Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Ride the Bus to the Capitol 

Along with other Georgia organizations, we co-hosted Justice Day 2020! Our founder, coordinated and led efforts for Columbus supporters and others directly impacted by the criminal justice system to be transported to the Capitol to attend Justice Day 2020's day long advocacy event. You can watch WTVM's news interview of the bus boarding and Waleisah's interview here.

Founder Urges City Council To #EndCashBail in Columbus, GA on 1/14/20

Our founder, Waleisah, spoke before city council urging them to stop supporting the criminalization of the poor and to #EndCashBail and pretrial detention in Columbus, GA. You can watch her news interview here