What We Do
CCT seeks to strengthen the community by helping those with criminal records and their families navigate paths towards healthy and productive lives.
For more than 40 years, we have provided a variety of services at CCT, aiding individuals who are currently incarcerated, those released from incarceration, as well as their children and families.
Our work provides employment and transition services; supports alternatives to incarceration; and restores and strengthens family bonds. We do so through our three main programs: LifeWorks!, Families Doing Time, and the Center for Women.
Lifeworks! provides individuals with criminal records with a variety of resources and tools necessary to reach their professional and personal goals.
Families Doing Time serves families who are dealing with the effects of having a loved one incarcerated. The various programs aim to provide emotional support and practical information about the criminal justice system and about available community resources.
The Center for Women is a thirty bed residential facility for women who are still incarcerated and serving out the final years of their prison sentences. Opening in 1987 as a contract work release program, the Center was created to help women successfully transition from prison to their family and community.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 - SPECIFIC NEEDS:
-Many of our Lifeworks! (LW) clients were laid off from jobs in industries that have already experienced the first wave of negative economic impact. Our clients and their families - most living at or below poverty before COVID-19 - are now struggling even more to get and keep basic needs such as rent and food.
-Our Center for Women’s work release program was suspended by NC Department of Public Safety (NCDPS). This means our 30 residents will be out of work and living at the facility 24-hours a day and will need additional food for meals and snacks.
-For our Families Doing Time program, we’re providing limited Empowering Kids With Incarcerated Parents (EKWIP) support groups virtually. But we have temporarily suspended our Third Tuesday dinners and enrichment institute activities, so our families need help with basic needs.
How YOU Can Help:
-Make a donation of $25, $50, $100 or more to CCT online or send a check to CCT ❘ PO Box 33533 ❘ Charlotte, NC 28233. These dollars will go directly towards providing clients with most basic needs of food, hygiene products etc. A donation also will provide operational support so CCT can be “digital but not distant” and offer some virtual services to clients.
-Send gift cards to our PO Box from local restaurants, grocery stores (like Walmart, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, etc.).