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Simon's Story

Updated: Dec 17, 2020



“Simon” was in and out of prison since the age of 16. His father had never been in his life, and his mother didn’t want him. He was raised by his grandmother. This rejection by his parents was nearly impossible to cope with.


From a young age he started using drugs to deal with his depression, and as a result spent 13 years of his life in and out of prison. At age 39, he was tired of his depression and drug use dictating his life. He needed a change.


He started looking for help and connected with his local reentry program, NEW Reentry Program. They helped him find a stable job, and get free mental health and substance use treatment.


Thanks to these programs, Simon is drug free, employed, has a car and even owns his home. He has even been able to start building a relationship with his father.

Learn more about NEW Reentry Program serving Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties. Visit https://www.ncreentry.org/



Want to Help People Like Simon?

There are many ways you can help returning citizens 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 info@nccaa.net. We would love to hear from you!


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