Our Accomplishments

We work hard. Below you can find a list of the many things we have accomplished since our formation.

Obtained its 501(c)3 non-profit public charity status from the IRS.

Obtained a Charitable Solicitation License from the state of North Carolina.

Received grants from the Fenwick Foundation and the Men’s Council

Hosted Open House with more than 100 interested people from New Jersey and North Carolina.

Participated in three Parole / MAPP Hearings.

Received a letter of encouragement from President Obama.

Three Newspaper articles — Durham Herald Sun, INDY Weekly, and Triangle Tribune featured Straight Talk Support Group and its founder, Bessie Elmore.

WUNC-FM Radio Interview with Frank Stasio – “State of Things” discussion centered on how Straight Talk Support Group started, the incarcerated the impact its’ had and the effects it has had on the families.

Appeared on WCOM-FM‘s “Courage Cocktail,” hosted by Lee Anne McClymont.

Appeared on WCOM-FM‘s “Time Out” with Bill Hendrickson

Screened Ava Duvernay’s movie “Middle of Nowhere” twice.

Collaboration talks with Equal Justice Initiative’s noted founder and Executive Director. Bryan Stevenson, author of the bestselling Just Mercy.

Participated in (2) Family Day events with Our Children’s Place.

Invited to present Straight Talk Support Group at the Federal Prison in Butner, NC.

Conversations with Professor Bruce Weston at Harvard University on reentry and the role the family has in combating recidivism.

Conversations with Megan Comfort, author of Doing Time Together.

Logged more than 100 Crisis Calls from various states including North Carolina.

Members have taken advantage of Straight Talk Support Groups’ Share-A-Ride program.

Enlisted speakers from several organizations; former NC State Senator Ellie Kinnard, five formerly incarcerated persons, two Durham County Judges, ACLU Legal Director Chris Brooks and Mary Ward, (Department of Public Safety).

Logged more than 300 crisis line calls from families all over the country

Attended Reentry Council Meeting in Raleigh

Accompanied members to judicial and parole hearings

In conversation with Jobs for Life in Raleigh

Attended Symposium in Burlington on Reentry with Attorney General Roy Cooper and Commissioner

Consulted with Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice W. David Guice

Ongoing conversations with Dennis Gaddy of Community Success Initiative

Discussing possible collaboration with StepUp Ministries