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#SpotlightOnCLT: Changed Choices

September 22, 2020    in

Written by Amy Andrews, Photograph by Lindsay Kappius

Changed Choices was created to empower currently or recently incarcerated women to achieve lasting positive change in their lives. It began in 1999 when founder Ruth Snyder was contacted by her friend at the chaplain’s office at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office (MCSO). He had come across two women who were brought in on charges, “they were terrified and feeling very much alone.” Ruth went to MCSO Detention Center to meet with the women, encourage them and eventually mentor them - and Changed Choices was born. 

According to Katie Gauntner, Development Associate for Changed Choices, “the concept behind Changed Choices is straightforward - provide supportive relationships and walk beside clients so that their life looks different once their time is served.”

#SpotlightOnCLT: Community Culinary School of Charlotte

Written by Eden Estabrook    on September 15, 2020    in

Written by Eden Estabrook; Photo Credit: Lindsay Kappius

Pots banging. Knives chopping. The smell of baked goods wafting through the air. As I walked through Community Culinary School of Charlotte’s (CCSC) location at 9315-D Monroe Road, the kitchen was alive with the sights, smells, and sounds of students and teachers preparing for the opening of the School’s Cafe in a couple of hours. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Incarceration, Restoration, and Reentry

Written by Nicole Copsis    on September 1, 2020    in


Over 10,000 returning citizens are released from America’s state and federal prisons every week and land back in their communities often without much support or direction. 

Further, approximately two-thirds of the 650,000 ex-offenders who are released from prison every year are likely to be rearrested within three years of release (Department of Justice). Why? Being formerly incarcerated comes with a host of barriers and obstacles as individuals strive to successfully reenter society and start a new chapter even once they have been freed, physically. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Beatties Ford Vocational Trade Center

August 31, 2020    in

Wrtitten by Emiene Wright

When Charlotte was ranked last in the nation for upward mobility, Frances Hall looked around the Beatties Ford corridor and felt compelled to action. The licensed mental health counselor  saw an unaddressed correlation between stress and economic stability. So in 2016 she founded the Beatties Ford Vocational Trade Center, the first mental health agency and Black-owned trade school in Charlotte. 


Why did you focus on vocational training, as opposed to, say academic education?

#SpotlightOnCLT: EmpowHERment

August 27, 2020    in

The future of leadership is female, and EmpowHERment is here to help

Written by Emiene Wright


Study after study has shown strong female leadership improves the status of families and lifts entire communities (The World BankPeterson InstituteMSCI World Index). Giving young women the support they need has the potential to change the world for the better. That is the guiding principle behind EmpowHERment, a Charlotte-based mentoring program that has created a pipeline for developing leadership skills in girls.

#SpotlightOnCLT: My Sister's House

August 25, 2020    in

A True Sister’s Keeper: My Sister’s House Transitional Living Program

Written by Perrine DeShield

Homelessness effects every city in America and unfortunately, Charlotte is no different. Currently, the face of homelessness in the Queen City has evolved and now features the faces of many women. My Sister’s House Transitional Living Program is giving much-needed support for women in our community who may be facing sudden unemployment, drug abuse, recent release from incarceration, domestic violence or untreated mental health issues.

The My Sister’s House program empowers and encourages women to make healthy, positive lifestyle changes that will help them progress towards their goals and decrease their chances of returning to a state of homelessness.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Cops & Barbers, Inc.

August 17, 2020    in

Written by By Christine Edwards

According to this Charlotte Region report on Suburbanizing, Densifying, Diversifying, the African American population in the region has grown by 26% since 2010, driven largely by migration from larger northeastern cities as part of what demographers have termed a Reverse Great Migration to the South. While Charlotte is becoming increasingly diverse, minorities often do not have the same experiences due to racial injustices. That is why throughout August, which is Black Philanthropy Month and here locally #BPM2020CLT, we are highlighting Black-led nonprofits to share their stories and inspire you to donate and to drive change in our own community


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