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OICA visits OIC of South Florida and Program Partners

On April 8th, OIC of America visited the SOAR program in OIC of South Florida. During the visit we conducted a formal review and visited partners. On April 8th , Michael Jackiewicz, OICA Director of Quality Assurance & Lètitia Crippen, SOAR Program Manager visited OIC of South Florida’s referral partner Here’s Help. Here’s Help is an outpatient and inpatient facility servicing men from 14-24 years old who were formally incarcerated and or have drug & alcohol challenges. Their amazing facility has a full kitchen, music recording studio, gym, and more on site.  Once a client completes their program, Here’s Help sends them to SOAR to receive training and job placement services. https://hereshelpinc.com/

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Participant Success Story – Tri-County OIC, Harrisburg PA

Meet Austin Springer, a SOAR participant that has earned his Auto Inspection and his Forklift Certification, and now working as an Auto Technician.  Through SOAR, Austin has maintained his persistent and desire to never give up until the career pathway goals are met. “Second chance means an opportunity to accomplish a goal despite the odds against you,” shares Austin when asked what a second chance means to him.

OICA Supports Fighting Chance Act at PA State Capital

Press Release: State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta http://www.pahouse.com/Kenyatta/InTheNews/NewsRelease/?id=105910 HARRISBURG, March 26 — Working to cut government red tape and reform the criminal justice system, freshmen state Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin, today unveiled their Fighting Chance Act legislation at a state Capitol press conference. The bill would require state agencies overseeing occupational licensure and the Board of Probation and Parole to reduce red tape by 25 percent over the next three years, with the intent to eliminate unnecessary barriers for people trying to get into these important, licensed occupations. “Pennsylvania has the potential to be the top state in the nation for jobs and opportunity, but we won’t achieve that goal without significant government reform,” Lewis said. “For example, […]

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Reposted from ccoic.org We are proud to say that this year our very own Joyce Chester, President and CEO of Chester County OIC, has been chosen as Woman of the Year. The recipient of Woman of the Year exemplifies outstanding contributions in the community through exemplary service. Congratulations, Joyce! We couldn’t think of a more worthy leader to receive this honor. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority hosted their Finer Womanhood: High Tea on Saturday, March 16, 2019. This year’s High Tea was held on the campus of West Chester University at Sykes Student Union 110 W. Rosedale Avenue West Chester, PA 19382 at 12pm. Finer Womanhood is an annual national observance of the Sorority that is celebrated from the last full week in February to the […]

SOAR & POIC Teams Convene in Portland

by Michael Jackiewicz Several members of the OICA team had the opportunity to visit Portland OIC and learn more about the work the Portland team is putting into improving their community and specifically how the Portland OIC crew is integrating the SOAR reentry initiative into their service model. OICA was able to share lessons learned with the POIC SOAR team and in turn, take some promising practices back from Portland to share with other affiliates operating a SOAR program.

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