Welcome our Director of Programming, Susan Padgett

At the end of May, Changed Choices welcomed Susan Padgett as our Director of Programming. Susan developed deep desire and motivation to serve her community through her parents-both community leaders in her hometown in Virginia. With over 25 years in Charlotte, she has served and led others to participate in organizations assisting people in challenging […]

Maternal Incarceration

Our clients often share that mail call can either be the best or worst part of your day. Maybe you get a letter or card, and feel a connection to your children and family. Prison communication is expensive: How do we keep the bonds of mothers and children strong, even through incarceration?

How do we communicate with our clients?

A few weeks ago, I sat down with one of our Change Coaches, Jessica Summers, to discuss communication. Of our client caseload, approximately 60% are serving in North Carolina state facilities, and 40% are serving in federal facilities across the country. This week, Jessica shares the process of communicating with state clients. Next week, Jessica […]

Re-entry job readiness–it starts day one

We often share with our clients that successful re-entry begins the first day of their incarceration. Re-entry job readiness is just part of the plan. While access varies facility to facility, we encourage our clients to take advantage of any and every educational and training opportunity. That can look like finishing a GED program or […]

What Tutwiler taught us

On Saturday, February 25th, Changed Choices hosted a showing and discussion of Tutwiler. The film shares a behind the scenes look at the Julia Tutwiler Prison, the only women’s prison in Alabama. Approximately 40-50 pregnant women are serving their sentence at the facility each year. The film explores helping expectant and new mothers learn childbirth […]

Voting Rights Restored…

I want to share this impact story with you. It illustrates how you are making a difference investing your time, talent, prayers and treasure. On most Tuesday evenings some of our staff, volunteers and clients meet at the Ruth Snyder Re-Entry home for dinner followed by Bible study.   A few weeks ago, there were […]