AMTC & Associates News – January/February Amir Williams describes himself as “deep in the streets” from a very young age. He spent his teenage years at a school for at-risk youth, which the courts required him to attend. At age 19, he was arrested for armed robbery and spent more than a year in state prison. Upon release, he struggled to abide by probation requirements and was again incarcerated. Then an experience in the summer of 2018 changed his life forever: his probation officer referred him to a reentry program through Philadelphia OIC, an affiliate of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OICA). Individuals who have been incarcerated are finding hope and stability through OICA, an organization headquartered in […]
Digital First Media, Nov 19, 2018 COATESVILLE — Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell recently presented a check for $300,000 to representatives of Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center. The funds, made available through a community development block grant, have been used to purchase a new primary office location for Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center in the City of Coatesville. “It is great to be back home!” said Joyce Chester, Chester County OIC president and CEO. “The City of Coatesville is where Chester County OIC began nearly 40 years ago,” she said. “The opportunity to come back into the City from West Chester was the perfect move for us, and it is the first time that we will own […]
History of the BookyMobile Submitted by: Jeffrey C. Woodyard, Executive Director of Tri-County OIC In 2008, Tri-County OIC created the OIC BookyMobile – a travelling bookmobile for kids and adults. The idea of the BookyMobile started when the OIC executive director realized that many low-income children and their parents did not have access to enough books at home. Schools were struggling to provide books to students and access to libraries was limited to those who lacked transportation and resources.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 9, 2018 OIC of America Affiliates from Around the Country Convene in Philadelphia for Three-Day Reunion October 15th – 17th Celebrating the Legacy of OIC Founder, Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: July 20, 2018 Contact: Naja Killebrew, Communications Manager Phone: 215-236-4500 (w), 215-518-6558 (c) Email: email@example.com Website: www.oicofamerica.org OIC of America Awarded Two U.S. Department of Labor Reentry Grants Totaling $8,787,369 SOAR program expands from seven to eleven affiliates and program partners in seven states
Ayana Jones Tribune Staff Writer Jun 9, 2018 As an ex-offender, Kasim Ward is thankful for the opportunity to have a second chance.
Ayana Jones Tribune Staff Writer Jun 9, 2018 “Were in the business of changing lives and providing second chances,” said James Haynes, the president of the OICA and national board chair.