Community Success Initiative
Living the Legacy
“In 2000, Dennis Gaddy, a business man and law school graduate, found himself serving more than five years in jail for a poor financial decision. Gaddy turned his situation into a message, creating the Community Success Initiative in 2004.”
Read more at http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/15325841/#KOID51j4lmizy7FL.99
Community Success Initiative (CSI) was founded as a non-profit corporation in May 2004 with a vision to work with men and women who are transitioning from prison and jail, or who otherwise find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system.
Assisting those who are entangled in the criminal justice system to get back on their feet
Reducing crime in the community.
CSI 11th year aniversary Triangle Tribune article
Click here to read the article, in pdf format, outlining the achivements of CSI over the last 11 years by the Triangle Tribune, Raleigh NC.
CSI Second Chance Program
To read about our program of “Second Chances” click to get details here. If you, or you know someone who is interested in our program, you can feel free to contact us at 919-715-0111, ext 216 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our CSI “Who We Are” and “What We Do” overview video below.
Return on a Chance
Daryl Atkinson, Department of Justice Second Chance Fellow, and CSI member/supporter, has started a DOJ blog reporting his new perspectives and opportunities that he finds to “facilitate successful reentry by continuing to create secondary support systems with evidence-based reentry programming and public policies that remove obstacles to reintegration, thereby giving formerly incarcerated people a real opportunity at a second chance.” Read his blog here.
Finding Solutions For Mass Incarceration
Raleigh NC WUNC Radio program, “The State Of Things” podcast here. Host Frank Stasio talks with James Williams, Orange County public defender; Heather Thompson, professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Michigan; Tamar Birckhead, professor of law at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law; Dennis Gaddy, executive director of Community Success Initiative; and John Chisholm, district attorney of Milwaukee.
NCATR – NC Access to Recovery
NC Access to Recovery (NC ATR) is a voucher program that extends the current array of services and availability of providers in the state by providing treatment and recovery support services through the use of grant funds so participants can choose their services and providers freely and independently. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA-CSAT) awarded the ATR three-year grant to the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (DMHDDSAS) in October 2014. The Division is contracting with Recovery Communities of North Carolina to implement this initiative.
Click here to read more.
Justice Department Announces First-Ever Second Chance Fellow, our Daryl Atkinson.
“During the meeting, I had the distinct pleasure of announcing Daryl Atkinson as DOJ’s first-ever Second Chance Fellow. This position was designed to bring in a person with expertise as a leader in the criminal justice field – and as a formerly incarcerated individual. Recognizing that many of those directly impacted by the criminal justice system hold significant insight into reforming the justice system, the Bureau of Justice Assistance – led by Director Denise O’Donnell – released a competitive solicitation that led to Daryl’s selection.”http://www.justice.gov/opa/blog/second-chances-vital-criminal-justice-reform
Click here to view exciting news at CSI!—Job Fair held recently only for those wrestling with a Criminal Record.
News & Observer Newspaper, Raleigh NC, report on Second Chance Lobby Day
Groups such as CSI with the N.C. Second Chance Alliance to urge legislators to pass several bills that would give people with criminal records a better chance at a getting a job and staying out of prison. Read more here
Recent Reentry Forum, Burlington, NC June 6, 2015
Pic l-r : David Guice, Commissioner, Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice, North Carolina Dept Of Public Safety, NC House Representative Garland Pierce, and current Leader of NC legislative Black Caucus, and Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director, Community Success Initiative
CSI receives the City of Raleigh Human Rights Organization Award! Read about it here and view the photo gallery.
“Z. Smith Reynolds (ZSR) Foundation features CSI in recent news.
Read the ZSR article at: http://www.zsr.org/impact/103/community-success-initiative
Dennis Gaddy speaking, August 23rd, 2014 – North Carolina’s Forward Together Moral Week of Action continues with a focus on Education and Criminal Justice.
New webpage devoted to other groups, like CSI, who are working hard to make a difference.
Please click on the URL to visit it. We want to make sure that they are recognized.http://communitysuccess.org/community-groups-link-page
Re-entry Toolkit –
Criminal Justice Hangout On Air video
This video features an online interview with Dennis Gaddy, discussing the usefulness of the Re-Entry Toolkit with the NAACP National Headquarter’s Program Specialist Calton Mayers, who authored it.
And if you use google+ the national NAACP maintains a google+ “hangout” group at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ct2rma4va6pd3doi6jm8e5trc2g where this video is also presented with the interview with Dennis Gaddy.
Second Chance Lobby Day a Success!
Click to read about The Second Chance Lobby Day.
Click for Second Chance Lobby Day Press Conference.
Second Chance Lobby Day II — NC Legislature April 23, 2013
Click for details to Second Chance Lobby Day II 2013!
Fair Criminal Justice System | A Reason to Attend the Moral March on Raleigh
Dennis Gaddy addresses recent attempts by Legislature to bar the formerly incarcerated from the right to vote.