We’ve been working with First Step Alliance on something HUGE that will impact the north Mississippi reentry community and we are eager to tell you what we’ve been up to! Stay alert this week for our big announcement!!! Visit Fresh Start Bankng | First Step Alliance for more information on our partnership.

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Basic understanding of how to manage personal finances and efficiently allocate earnings are crucial components of ensuring formerly incarcerated individuals do not turn back to crime in desperation. Read the full article at Financial Literacy for Convicted Felons: A Way to Lower Recidivism? | Center for Financial Inclusion.

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Ms. Victoria Valencia Washington is a 34-year-old native of Jackson, MS. She attended Tougaloo, College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English/Pre-Law. While there, she played basketball and ran cross-country. She also became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and served as the Gamma Psi Chapter’s Chaplain. Armed with her degree,…

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I would like to introduce to you Ms. Charlotte Garnes one of our Virtual Re-Entry Conference and Resource Fair speakers. Ms. Garnes received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University in Columbia, SC. She has co-launched Reintegrated Voices, an organization…

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Reformation Inc. located in Olive Branch, Mississippi is a nonprofit organization that was established in 2017. They are compassionate and altruistic individuals with more than 10 years of experience helping former inmates, drug dependents, and alcohol abuse victims make the transition to normal life. Reformation, Inc.’s mission is to restore and reform the individuals from prison to…

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We would like to introduce to you Ms. Aelicia Thomas one of our Virtual Re-Entry Conference and Resource Fair speakers. Ms. Thomas grew up in the small town of Maben, MS. She obtained her B.A. in Political Science from Alcorn State University, in Lorman, MS and her law degree from the University of Mississippi (Ole…

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Project THRIVE is a resource coordination program for individuals and families in Oxford/Lafayette County who are homeless or at risk. The Goals of Project Thrive Are: Streamline referrals for individuals seeking assistance through a single point of entry. Reduce barriers to housing stability. More effectively use existing local resources. Increase awareness and generate funding resources…

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Paroled2Pride assist released offenders in starting a new life through employment. Parole2Pride is a nonprofit organization that is located in Columbus, MS that bridges the gap between corporate America, the judicial system and non-violent offenders by using an accredited job training curriculum, geared towards successfully transitioning back to their families communities and society. Paroled2Pride’s mission is to reduce recidivism by…

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Ms. Fondren is the Managing Partner at Hickman Fondren PLLC in Oxford, MS. In this role, she serves as a Public Defender for Oxford Municipal Court as well as the Lafayette County Circuit Court.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from The University of Mississippi School of Law in May 2017 and was admitted to The Mississippi…

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We are so excited to announce our new dates for our conference that was previously scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2020 at the University of Mississippi School of Law. The Re-Entry Conference and Resource Fair will be held virtually on Friday, August 14, 2020 and Saturday, August 15, 2020. If you’ve previously registered for Re-Entry Conference and Resource Fair, no…

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