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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Madeline McClenney, Ph.D
Main Address:
13016 Eastfield Road
Suite 200-214
Huntersville, NC 28078
Physical Address
Virtual Office
Charlotte, NC

What We Do

Exodus Foundation.org is a movement to transform global public health and safety through highly trained mentors for people impacted by jails and prison systems.

Our local mission is to stop the flow of African-Americans to prison. Nationally, our mission is to stop the flow of all Americans to prison. Our banner program, the Red Sea Crossings Mentoring and Scholarship program matches trained volunteers who are culturally competent with formerly incarcerated persons. We are unique in Charlotte and the nation because we provide 24 hour customized mentoring.

Our mentors are life navigators who make a one year renewable commitment to go on a journey with a ready-for-success returning citizen who has paid his or her dues yet faces legalized discrimination in housing, employment, education and voting. Our mentees set their goals, and we help them achieve them in the workplace, educational settings and entrepreneurship.

The staff supports the match with referrals to needed services. We provide career networking support groups, group mentoring for those on our waiting list, and in 2018 we added the Interview Readiness Camps.

We are a loving, compassionate Christian faith based 501c3 operating foundation. We serve people of all faiths or no faith at all.

Updated: IMPACT OF COVID-19 - SPECIFIC NEEDS: Since February, we have sought to establish a residential version of the mentoring program in order to respond to a disastrous lack of housing for people with records and to assist our state in releasing men and women from covid cages. Please contact President McClenney at 704-947-9090 x101 or exodus@exodusfoundation.org to learn how you can help us save lives.

Funding Priorities: Where can you help?
1) Red Sea Crossings Mentoring Program - Seeking 600 donors giving $10 monthly for three years.

2) Help us in our ongoing campaign to raise $1.5 million ($500,000 a year for three years) to scale our award winning mentoring program so that Exodus Mentors who are culturally competent life navigators and career developers, can be trained online, matched and supervised to support released former prisoners remotely and in person in the community.

Once we have attained an infusion of financial resources, we will be ready immediately to hire 7 staff persons and scale locally. We are partnering with NC Works to fill open positions. This campgain is our primary major gift focus and the Sarscov2 crisis makes our services needed more than ever.

3) Longterm: Endowment building for national and global expansion.

We have made infrastructure a priority. We have a waiting list. We can't wait to meet you and to answer your questions about how we will eliminate this waiting list and get services to those literally screaming to us for help.

Interesting Info

Between 2008-2018 90% of all our mentees remained out of jail or prison. Without community support 70% return to prison within 3-5 years.
Our President is a fulltime volunteer executive along with 12 other volunteer staff persons
Our first scholarship recipient completed college and and MBA, has served on the board for eight years, and is now pursuing a Ph.D program.

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