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2nd Chance Offender Re-entry Program in DeKalb County

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant in the amount of $424,852 by the US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs for the 2nd Chance Offender Re-entry Program.

The 2nd Chance Act Prisoner Re-entry Initiative aids in the funding of local and state governments for projects that help with the transition from incarceration to dealing with other individuals in the workplace and other capacities once released from jail.

The funds from the grant will provide pre-release and case planning, mentoring, housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, services to enhance family reunification, job training and readiness, and post-release case management and supervision.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with two non-profit organizations to help implement this program. They are STAND, Inc.

Thursday is DeKalb Employee Empowerment Day

September is Workforce Development month and In continuing the celebration of Workforce Development Month; DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis, Board of Commissioners, and various county departments, in collaboration with DeKalb Workforce Development, will host the first ever DeKalb Employee Empowerment Day Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m.

Midtown and Decatur Residents Reflect on Blogged Travels of Water-Life-Hope in Haiti

Atlanta residents Edward Buckley and John Beasley traveled to Haiti, Sept. 13-15, with the nonprofit Food For The Poor to visit remote communities in desperate need of clean, safe drinking water. During the trip, daily blog entries and photos were posted online at http://www.waterlifehope.blogspot.com/ in an effort to bring Haiti’s reality to the comfort of Atlanta residents’ homes.

“The image from our trip to Haiti that I can vividly picture happened while driving through a relatively upscale community,” said Buckley. “A man, completely naked, suddenly leaped out of a storm sewer dripping wet – and ran to hide in the bush. To our horror, he had been bathing in the sewer. Imagine the indignity of having to bathe in front of the world. Millions of people in Haiti literally have nothing.

Meet Your Judicial Candidates of Cobb, Dekalb, and Fulton Counties, Sept. 21 6pm

Atlanta, GA--  Tuesday, September 21 at 6pm is the perfect time to meet and hear from your judicial candidates that will be appearing on the November 2nd ballots.

The event is free to the public and takes place at the Maloof Auditorium in downtown Decatur. It will be moderated by Lisa Rayam.

Important Information about Forclosure

DECATUR – As DeKalb County prepares to launch its Foreclosure Registry, a public information session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Councilman Kwanza Hall will be Showcasing the Old 4th Ward on Public Broadcasting, Tonight at 7pm

Atlanta, GA-- Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall will join residents of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood for the premier of BlockHeads – a new show featuring neighborhoods that are improving themselves one property and block at a time.

 “The Old Fourth Ward is on a roll,” said Hall. “It’s great to see our residents and businesses acknowledged for the part they are playing in the block-by-block progress of one of intown Atlanta’s most dynamic neighborhoods.”

The show will debut tonight Wednesday September 8th at 7 pm.

Old Fourth Ward residents will gather for a viewing party at Noni's Deli and Bar on Edgewood Avenue for the 7 p.m. premier.

The show’s name denotes the singular commitment of urban dwellers to their neighbors and the revitalization and sustainability of their neighborhoods.