• Integrity Success Story: The Carters

    Tiffany and Ronnie Carter came to Atlanta from Michigan for a fresh start. With the help of Integrity, the Carters are starting their fresh start with a promising outlook.

    The Carters moved to Atlanta after Ronnie was released from prison. Being from Michigan, they wanted to come to a new place with more opportunities. “We were tired of doing the same thing, so we came to a new area, a new way of life, and you just prosper from there,” Ronnie said. After moving, Tiffany started researching education and employment programs, which is how they found Integrity. Ronnie and Tiffany found the staff very helpful when enrolling in the NET Professional Development Program. “I thought it was really awesome. It was amazing how there were a lot of supportive people there. They not only reached out to us, but they made sure that we had everything we needed to go along with the program,” Tiffany said. Ronnie said found this course especially helpful since he was recently released from prison, so the class helped him learn professionalism and how to talk to people in the workplace. After completing the program, the Carters went through the Forklift Operator Training Program, and were in the first cohort of graduates. Having support in the job search was especially important for Ronnie since he has a background. “I wasn’t on my own. When I went to apply for jobs, Integrity had my back,” Ronnie said. Ronnie is now gainfully employed as a forklift operator and Tiffany is on her way to securing a job. Being able to work is important to the Carters because it allows them to provide for their family and set good examples for their children. They appreciate the staff’s hard work and feel that they are still part of the Integrity family, even though they graduated from the program. “I honestly believe that it’s amazing,” Tiffany said. “It’s a blessing.”

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  • Success Story: Antwan Moss

    Antwan Moss was working a low-paying job when he came across an opportunity to get a better job.

    Antwan first heard of Integrity in 2018, when he met an Integrity staff member at a probation office, who then recruited him. Three years later, he got a call from a case manager about the NET program. Even though Antwan was content in his job, he wanted to earn a higher income, so he took part in the NET program. “The soft skills training with Mr. Walter, that will get you acclimated to actually going to interviews and knowing how to present yourself. I learned a lot.” After graduating from the NET program, Antwan saw a flier for Integrity’s new Forklift Operator Training Program and decided he wanted to enroll. Not only does the Forklift Operator Training Program place participants with background-friendly jobs, but participants also earn 4 certifications, which makes them more employable. “It’s wonderful. It makes it easier to actually find a job once I had some type of skills.” Antwan was one of the first graduates from the Forklift Operator Training Program and has now obtained gainful employment as a forklift operator. “I would highly recommend it, especially if you’re a person coming out of jail or prison.” If you are interested in signing up for Integrity's Forklift Operator Training Program, click here.

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  • John Jackson, A Next50 Success Story

    John Jackson was ready for a change when he received a call from Integrity offering help with job placement. Before the pandemic, Mr. Jackson was having a hard time finding a job because of his background, so he gave up on the job search and started mowing lawns in order to pay the bills. Once the pandemic hit, everything changed. “It was upside down. The pandemic hit, and all my jobs closed down. I had to move out of my home.” He moved in with his eldest daughter and helped around the house. Mr. Jackson said getting the call from Integrity was perfect timing because he was getting tired of cutting people’s grass, although he kept doing it to pay the bills. Through the Next50 program, Mr. Jackson got a job as a forklift operator for $16.00/hour. After his positive experience with Integrity and the Next50 program, Mr. Jackson has recommended going through the program to a couple of his friends. He found the staff motivational and felt like family, and was thrilled when he got a job. “It’s a great feeling at the end when you get the job, because you will get a job, if you really want it. You have to have the ‘Want to’ attitude.”

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  • Next50 Success Story: Clemon Forts

    Clemon Forts was stuck in a dead-end job where he had no benefits, no potential for growth, and was miserable. Through the Next50 program, with the help of Integrity, Clemon now has a new job with that he is much happier with.   Clemon received a call from Integrity’s Re-Entry Coordinator, Edith, and learned about all the jobs that were hiring. He came into Integrity’s office, did a phone interview, and was hired as a forklift operator.   In this new job that is in a better work environment, is more organized, and has benefits, Clemon said that it will help him out tremendously and it will change his life.  

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  • Next50 Success Story: Lakeia Murray

    Lakeia Murray, like many people, lost her job because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the help of Integrity through the Next50 program, Lakeia could get a job and regain stability in her life.

    A friend referred Lakeia to Integrity’s Community Job Connection. After speaking with Mr. Walter, Integrity’s NET Instructor, Lakeia enrolled in the Next50 program the next day. Next50 provides formerly incarcerated individuals over 50 with hard skills training, soft skills training, job placement support, and more. “It helped me a great deal. And they constantly keep in contact with me to see how I’m doing as well, and I like that,” Lakeia said. “If you’re looking for employment, give Integrity a try.” After participating in the Next50 program and getting soft skills training through NET, Lakeia has obtained gainful employment in warehouse logistics. It has helped Lakeia get back on track. “It put a lot of stability in my life because I didn’t have that. I got my responsibilities back and I got my income back, which gave me stability.” For more information about the Next50 program, call 404-853-780 ext. 104 or click here.

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