NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc.

Equip. Empower. Restore.

aka NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc.   |   Atlanta, GA   |  www.nlscoinc.org

Mission

The mission of NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc. is to reduce crime and recidivism while advocating for social justice, equity, economic and community inclusion by equipping, empowering and restoring hope to socially and economically disadvantaged individuals impacted by an arrest or criminal conviction through workforce development, job readiness and entrepreneurship so that they may become whole, productive, self-sufficient and law-abiding citizens within their communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

It is the vision of NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc. that recidivism and crime in our communities will be reduced and/or eliminated through the inspiring, encouraging, mentoring and hiring of those individuals with criminal histories in an effort to allow them to become self-sufficient and productive members of society and thereby decreasing their chances of reoffending. Key Program Features include:  Mentoring/Advocacy/Reentry Navigation Support  Education/Financial Literacy  Job readiness training/Entrepreneurship training

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Waleisah Wilson

Main address

2480 Briarcliff Rd NE Suite 6 #232

Atlanta, GA 30329 USA

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EIN

80-0461813

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Workforce Development/Job Skills Training

Workshops relating to the skills needed to be successful in the job search and workplace such as resume writing, interviewing, dressing for success, application completion, interpersonal social skills, budgeting, conflict resolution, on job training, etc.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
Homeless people
Veterans
Ex-offenders

Referral services to community resources that can provide access to resources that people need in ther reentry such as housing, employment, food, healthcare, substance use and mental health resources, veteran's assistance, education, voter rights, etc. that will further support those we serve with the support they need to become self sufficient.

Population(s) Served

We host and partner with community financial service agencies to provide financial wellness workshops that will support those we serve in their journeys to economic stability, financial wellness, prosperity and self sufficiency such as entrepreneurship training, money management, budgeting, banking options and building and managing credit and debt.

Population(s) Served

We host and partner with community agencies and organizations to educate those we serve as well as the community on issues that impact individuals and families impacted by a criminal conviction such as mass incarceration, housing and employment discrimination, the importance of the faith community's role in reentry, expungement and record restriction clinics, educational forums, voter education, the benefits of hiring justice involved people, substance use & recovery awareness and so many more! You can watch our events at
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_8BTc3i6rSoHUqJbMhxAwg/videos

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Veterans
Economically disadvantaged people
Ex-offenders
Unemployed people
Incarcerated people
Veterans
Economically disadvantaged people
Ex-offenders
Unemployed people
Incarcerated people
Veterans
Economically disadvantaged people
Ex-offenders
Unemployed people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Georgia Justice Reform Partnership 2018

Metro Atlanta Reentry Coalition 2020

Restore Georgia 2020

Georgia Center for Nonprofits 2021

Restorative Justice International 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of service recipients who are employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Women and girls, Men and boys, Intersex people, LGBTQ people, Young adults, Parents, Ethnic and racial groups, Multiracial people, People of African descent, People of European descent, Christians, Interfaith groups, Muslims, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people, Incarcerated people, Victims and oppressed people, Unemployed people, Veterans, Substance abusers, People with disabilities, People with intellectual disabilities, People with learning disabilities, People with physical disabilities, Ex-offenders, Extremely poor people

Related Program

Workforce Development/Job Skills Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Due to COVID, our ability to assist and measure the amount of people we serve has been extremely challenging. However, our strategic plan for 2023 is to get this info through email surveys

Hours of mentoring

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Women and girls, Men and boys, Ex-offenders, Extremely poor people

Related Program

Workforce Development/Job Skills Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients engaged in the criminal justice system in the last 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people, Unemployed people, Veterans, Ex-offenders

Related Program

Workforce Development/Job Skills Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our services are exclusively for those who have been involved with the criminal justice system.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Women and girls, Men and boys, Intersex people, LGBTQ people

Related Program

Workforce Development/Job Skills Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people no longer couch surfing or doubling up with others as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Transgender people, Homeless people, Women and girls, Veterans, Ex-offenders

Related Program

Workforce Development/Job Skills Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We're confident that we have assisted more than 15 people with obtaining housing or housing resources they needed to get shelter or housing. These numbers only reflect responses from client feedback.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ex-offenders, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people, Veterans, Men

Related Program

Workforce Development/Job Skills Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of eligible clients who report having access to an adequate array of services and supports

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Victims and oppressed people, Ex-offenders, Extremely poor people, Veterans

Related Program

Workforce Development/Job Skills Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of referrals received compared to the number screened within 24 hours

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ex-offenders, Adults, Veterans, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Workforce Development/Job Skills Training

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are always receiving more referrals for assistance than we have the capacity to give. Again, we do not have paid staff, only volunteers. Therefore, we are in desperate need of funding

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Incarcerated people

Related Program

Workforce Development/Job Skills Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people using homeless shelters per week

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ex-offenders, Economically disadvantaged people, Adults, Veterans, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have referred 20 people in 2021 to homeless shelters.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our primary program goals are to reduce crime, reduce recidivism by providing directly impacted and formerly incarcerated individuals with housing, educational and employment needs by providing them with the skills needed to become employed and self-sufficient.

Our 10 year goal is to assist 100% of our qualified clients with being successful in their reentry by connecting them to employment, housing, medical, mental health and recovery resources as well as entrepreneurial and financial wellness resources they need to be whole, well, successful productive citizens within their communities in an effort to decrease Georgia's recidivism rates.

NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc. (NL-SCO, Inc.) plans on adopting the 4-Cs to partnership: collaboration, communication, cooperation, and commitment. We feel that these concepts are key when working to get our clients on the right track to being law abiding, self-sufficient, tax-paying citizens. Partners must have honest communication and since supporting public safety by reducing recidivism is one of our program's goals, then cooperation and a commitment to working collaboratively with law enforcement and key people in the criminal justice agencies and organizations throughout the state is necessary.

Our biggest key strategy to accomplish our goals is to solicit community partnerships and collaborations with businesses and organizations who share our vision of removing the barriers to successful reentry as well as seek partnerships and collaboration with employers and housing providers who do NOT currently hire or provide housing to individuals with criminal records in an effort to “market" our clients to them for employment and housing in an effort to increase employment opportunities and reduce homelessness among those we serve.

Currently the organization is soliciting funding to start a housing program.

The founder and president has a Master's degree in Human Services and will be completing her second Master's degree (Nonprofit Management) in March 2014. She has worked in many areas in the social service field (case management, mental health counseling and management) as well as is familiar with the corrections system and the barriers that returning citizens face to being successful upon returning to their communities from prison. She is passionate about reducing recidivism and increasing productivity of those we serve as well as empowering and mentoring them on their journey of reintegration.

The organization has many viable community partnerships where resources are shared. The only thing the organization needs is more financial support. We do not have any paid staff. All of the great work we do is done by great and committed VOLUNTEERS.

From 2014-2016, we assisted over 130 individuals with felonies secure employment and become self-sufficient.
By end of 2016, we assisted over 275 individuals with job readiness and placement. B y the end of 2019 we assisted over 300 individuals with felony convictions with finding employment. However, COVID has made keeping up with the growing numbers of those we help due to us no longer having a physical office and all services being done virtually.

We are still in need of substantial financial support in the form of grants and donations to achieve our primary goals of housing and training for those we serve.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Georgians who are directly impacted by a criminal conviction seeking support for their reentry needs. This includes men, women, trans and disabled people as well as veterans.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2021, we will enhance our program by assisting those recently released from prison with obtaining documents that are vital to obtaining employment and housing: IDs and birth certificates. We also plan to launch an entrepreneurship training program that will not only educated participants on how to become entrepreneurs but fund their low cost businesses.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Covid has made it challenging to get a lot of the feedback we need from those we serve. Some may think that since we are in a technol0gy driven world that completing emailed surveys is much easier to gather data but we have found it to be the opposite for us as a large number of our clients have served long periods of incarceration and either do not have an email account, do not have regular access to check their emails or do not know how to check their emails. Also, because many do not have phones or are homeless, obtaining feedback via phone and email has also been challenging. But when we do get responses, we share it with board members and funders and some community partners.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Miss Waleisah Wilson

NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc.

Term: 2012 - 2024


Board co-chair

Dale Capelouto

Integrity Community Development Corporation

Term: 2020 - 2022

Andez Jones

Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities

Andrea Atkins

Columbus Public Library

Waleisah Wilson

Founder & Activist

Tierra Walters

Homemaker

Kelton Biggs

Goodwill

Sharon Sadler

Healthcare Manager

DeWitt Ford

Housing Coordinator

J Hud

Project Rebound

Dena Dickerson

OAA

Cheryl Stribridge

Program Facilitator

Kathy Greggs

Activist

Kevin Cummings

Reentry Housing Provider

Dale Capelouto

Integrity Community Development Corporation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/07/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.