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Philadelphia OIC SOAR Success Story – Khalil Shields

Khalil Shields started his journey with the SOAR program at Philadelphia OIC in November of 2019. Khalil is a funny & light-hearted person. When he came to the program he was on house arrest but still took the initiative to use that time constructively and advance his goals. Khalil enrolled in training for construction with the Energy Coordinating Agency. Khalil’s positive attitude and sense of humor served him well and helped him overcome any challenges he faced. Khalil completed his training with the Energy Coordinating Agency on February 14th, 2020, and earned his OSHA 10 and other certificates.

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COVID-19

A Message from the President regarding COVID-19 (Updated) The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has all of our attention. I wanted to let you know the OIC Network is doing everything possible to keep our employees, clients, and community members, safe while delivering essential services. What We’re Doing We’re monitoring and following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including taking the steps necessary to reduce the threat of COVID-19 exposure to employees and clients. Our affiliates, in many cases, remain open to serve you. Each affiliate has an emergency management plan, in accordance with their state, on how to proceed in our current climate. Some locations have had their hours adjusted as a result of local conditions. […]

COVID-19 Guidance for OICA

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has all of our attention. I wanted to let you know the OIC Network is doing everything possible to keep our employees, clients, and community members, safe while delivering essential services. Businesses and Workplaces For Employers and Businesses Guidance and strategies to help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19 Plan, Prepare, and Respond – Updated October 2020 See the CDC’s Guidelines here – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html See the OSHA COVID-19 guidancepdf iconexternal icon for more information on how to protect workers from potential exposures, according to their exposure risk. Plans should consider that employees may be able to spread COVID-19 even if they do not show symptoms. All employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and […]

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SOAR Highlight: Sheneathia Hanson, MBA

Sheneathia Hanson, MBA, is a passionate and unstoppable force of nature that we are proud to recognize as a true representative of our OIC network. A North Carolina native, Ms. Hanson came to Rocky Mount OIC with over 10 years of experience working directly with the Re-entry population in her neighboring communities. Having partnered with OIC throughout her years in the field of direct service, she was always aware of Rocky Mount OIC’s reputation as “a singular beacon of Hope” for the surrounding communities as well as a hub for in-house training and education. Once SOAR came to the doors of 402 E. Virginia Street, Sheneathia knew she wanted to be the one to help build out its SOAR unique […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Speech in Rocky Mount, N.C., November 1962

The OICA team visited the auditorium in Rocky Mount where Dr. Martin Luther King gave the original “I have a dream” address. The below article gives historical background on his visit to Rocky Mount. By Michael Hill Research Branch, NC Office of Archives and History, 2006https://www.ncdcr.gov/about/history/division-historical-resources/nc-highway-historical-marker-program

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OICA Site Visit at OIC of Wilson

OIC of America visited OIC of Wilson to learn about how they’re providing skills training and implemented SOAR to help North Carolina’s returning citizens.  The OIC of America team was treated to unrivaled southern hospitality and a host of promising practices to bring to the network.

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Spotlight: Portland OIC Middle School Tech/STEM Fair

Last year, Rosemary Anderson received a generous $100,000 grant from Intel as part of the She Will Connect initiative, solidifying efforts to get more girls interested in STEM fields. The year-long project culminated in a hugely successful Tech/STEM Fair in January. Students and staff hosted 250 guests, including Intel representatives and POIC Board members, and three hard-working scholars received laptops for having the most impressive exhibits. Way to go, RAMS!

Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes will lead Philadelphia OIC into the New Decade

All, some exciting news!In case you didn’t receive or may have missed this important Executive Leadership Announcement, Judge Reneé Caldwell Hughes, who served on the Philadelphia bench for 15 years before moving on to serve in the role as President and CEO of the Regional Red Cross, has joined the Philadelphia OIC organization as it’s new President and CEO. Please join me in welcoming Reneé to the OIC family.  The press release announcement is below. Also of note, I think it is important that we also give praise and our appreciation to Charles Crumbley, Philadelphia OIC’s former Interim President and CEO, for a job well done. Charles faithfully served in this capacity for 19 months as they conducted their executive […]

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Honoring Elton Jolly, an OIC Legend (1931-2019)

Elton Jolly was one of the original members of the OIC movement with Dr. Leon H. Sullivan.  Elton’s impact helped shaped OIC into the powerhouse of an organization that it would become and is still impacting lives in a positive way some 55 years later in 2019.  Given Elton’s impact on OIC in the formative years,  I thought it important to share with you an excerpt from his testimony before the House of Representatives in 1978 to give you some insights into his thinking regarding poor people in this country and what was needed to improve their situation and the role OIC would play.

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