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Shawanda's Story

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Shawanda is using her life experience to change the lives of other women. She’s overcome every barrier to reentry in her path and found success in a job she loves. “I am currently and intake specialist and soon will be an Executive Director for my nonprofit business, the Renaissance House, a place where unserved women can build their lives.”

Want to Help People Like Shawanda? There are many ways you can help us fight poverty in North Carolina:

  • Buy Our For Cause Coffee | NEW Grounds Coffee is our custom coffee blend. Every fresh cup supports a fresh start for a returning citizen. All profits go towards our NEW Reentry Program, which helps returning citizens find work and reintegrate successfully back into society.

  • Donate | We use your money to help run our programs, and provide training that helps organizations and individuals make their way to self-sufficiency. You can donate on our web page or find an agencies local to you.

  • Volunteer | We can’t do this alone. Join us! Find one of our agencies in your county and check out their website for volunteer opportunities.

  • Become a Member | Did you know you can become a Community Action Member? Membership provides discounted tickets to our various events, an inside look into our organization and more. Membership fees start at only $25 a year for an individual, or $300 for an agency.

  • Partner with Us | We are humbled by the many non-profit and for-profit organizations that partner with us to bring services, educations and events to North Carolina. If your organization is looking for a non-profit to partner with, please consider us. Email us at We would love to hear from you!

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