SAVANNAH, GA (April 2, 2015): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Savannah Impact Program and several community organizations will partner in support of Savannah’s first When is the Debt Paid Conference, sponsored by Bryant Educational Seminars and Training.
Other local supporters include Armstrong State University, First African Baptist Church and Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship. The goal of the When is The Debt Paid Conference is to reduce recidivism among individuals with criminal histories by providing information and resources to ease the challenges of reentering mainstream society.
The conference is set for Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Armstrong State University. It is open to up to 100 pre-selected citizens returning to Chatham County after incarceration. Participants were referred by SIP and other local agencies offering monitoring and support services to returning citizens.
The conference will feature workshops on job hunting, record expungement, the Georgia Prison Re-Entry Initiative, a question and answer session with probation and parole officers from Chatham County, and a job fair with companies that hire returning offenders. Keynote speakers Juard M. Barnes, a convicted felon, and Davinci L. Richardson, who at one time was on Indiana’s Most Wanted list, will share details of how they repositioned their lives to be productive contributors to society.
In conjunction with the conference, Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship invites returning citizens selected for the When is the Debt Paid Conference to Day of Hope, this Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The general public also is invited to this event. Male and female Day of Hope participants will have access to free business suits, other items of new and gently used professional apparel and haircuts vouchers.
All Day of Hope participants can schedule resume assistance for a later date. Resume preparation for When is the Debt Paid Conference participants will be scheduled before April 25. Job information and health screenings are available to all guests. The first 75 families to arrive will receive free bags of groceries. One bag of groceries will be available per household.
Day of Hope is a free event, taking place at 328 Tibet Avenue in Savannah.