Centerforce Helps Formerly Incarcerated Find Jobs


Ron Davis

Centerforce, a leading organization that serves youth, families and formerly incarcerated adults – will hold a celebration and fundraising event Wednesday, May 15 from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. at Coliseum Lexus of Oakland, located at 7273 Oakport St. For over 30 years, Centerforce has been a national leader in providing evidence-based programs to incarcerated people and their loved-ones. In fact, Centerforce is one of few agencies in the U.S. to offer a continuum of transformative services during incarceration, reentry, and after release. Centerforce helps the formerly incarcerated find jobs, which has proven effective in reducing recidivism. The agency partners with state prisons, county jails, law enforcement, social service and medical providers to reach 20,340 individuals annually. The event includes opening remarks by Police Chief Ron Davis of East Palo Alto, a  Youth Court alumni testimonial, Vocal Rush (Oakland School of Arts), Bay Area Comedians KD and Jay Rich, wine from local vintners and good food. The Mistress of Ceremonies will be Carol F. Burton, executive director of Centerforce, a leading national expert on children and families of the incarcerated and advisor for Sesame Street Workshop. Tickets are  $25, and attendees are encouraged to donate to support Centerforce programs. Tickets can be purchased at
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