Mark Mobley Named Executive Director of Georgia CALLS

Mark Mobley, Executive Director
Mark Mobley, Executive Director

Mark Mobley has been appointed Executive Director of Georgia CALLS, the Georgia Center For Abundant Living Life Skills, a unique 501(c)3 non-profit helping high-risk, returning citizens make a successful transition from incarceration back into society as business entrepreneurs.

Georgia CALLS, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support & Reentry, Georgia Department of Corrections and Phillips Transitional Center, is a powerful initiative that aims to dramatically reduce recidivism, boost economic growth, and create safer neighborhoods in Georgia.

Due to Georgia CALLS’ significant growth, Mobley has stepped into the role of Executive Director, while (former Executive Director) Jay Reeder continues to provide vision, direction, and vital involvement from his post as Georgia CALLS Founder and Chairman of the Board, and as CEO of VoiceNation.

For more than a decade, Mobley has been the Senior Pastor for Living Word Worship Center in Jefferson. Over the past 15 months, he has served as a consultant to VoiceNation and has been thoroughly involved in Georgia CALLS since the planning stages of the project. He collaborated with the team during the development and implementation stages, and expanded his availability to take on a more active role with Georgia CALLS as needed. With an extensive background in non-profits, education, and the local government, Mobley’s expertise will help Georgia CALLS grow into its future.

Mobley is a City Councilman for District 4, Jefferson, and a Board Member of Jackson County Habitat for Humanity. His experience includes nearly 15 years as Instructor and President at Free Chapel School of Discipleship and five years as a public high school math teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia. His pastoral studies were completed at Rhema Bible Training Center.

“This is a significant move for our organization. With a lifelong friendship and years of experience working together, I am certain our program participants and the program itself will achieve new heights as Mark pours into both through his new role as Executive Director,” said Reeder.

Mobley resides in Jefferson, GA.

About Georgia CALLS

Georgia CALLS, Georgia Center For Abundant Living Life Skills, located in Buford, GA, is a 501(c)3 organization created to ease the transition from incarceration back into a productive, healthy routine in the community. This unique reentry initiative is a pioneering collaboration between non-profit, for profit and government entities working together for the common good of society.

Georgia CALLS, a program in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support & Reentry, the Georgia Department of Corrections and Phillips Transitional Center, is transforming mindsets, growing leaders & building entrepreneurs up, one life at a time.

Utilizing a powerful combination of exclusive job/life skills training, paid work experience in the call center, intensive case management services, and optional discipleship classes, participants in the Georgia CALLS program learn to build strong character, explore their own entrepreneurial desires, and in turn give back to their own communities. Georgia CALLS works to make a last community impact by cultivating entrepreneurs and mentoring participants to be the CEOs of their lives.

For more information about Georgia CALLS, visit http://www.gacalls.org.

 

Georgia CALLS Reentry Program Welcomes 8 New Participants

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Georgia CALLS, the Georgia Center For Abundant Living Life Skills, a unique 501(c)3 non-profit helping high-risk, returning citizens make a successful transition from incarceration back into society as business entrepreneurs, recently welcomed eight new participants into their expanding program.

Based in Buford, Georgia CALLS is a reentry program in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support & Reentry, the Georgia Department of Corrections, and Phillips Transitional Center that helps to curb recidivism and empower returning citizens to make a positive impact in their communities. The organization recently held a Recruiting Fair, which was well attended by their program partners and supporters, including the Department of Labor, numerous parole officers, the Gwinnett county detention center and others.

Eight new participants from Buford, Conyers, Grayson, Lawrenceville, and Norcross GA, who were released from prison within the last six months, have been accepted into the Georgia CALLS program. They have already completed orientation, which included a Key Ceremony where each new participant was presented with a personalized “blank key” that signified a key that would one day unlock their future business. The dedicated new recruits are currently in training and already fielding live calls at Georgia CALLS onsite call center as Customer Service Representatives.

“The Georgia CALLS reentry program gives individuals who are ready to take on a life-changing experience, the on-the-job training and life skills development needed in order to become the CEO of their lives,” explained Mark Mobley, the new Executive Director of the fast-growing Georgia CALLS. “We’ve had a chance to talk with our newest participants about current challenges and hear them dream about their future. They have each illustrated a desire and passion for an obtainable career. And in turn, we’ve made a commitment to each of them to walk side by side and help them accomplish their goals.”

Upon acceptance into the program, one participant stated, “I’m excited about the job/life skills classes the most. If I’m honest with myself, those are the types of classes that will really help someone like me.”

After working just two weeks in the call center, another new participant explained, “I believe the call center is a success because it’s teaching us how to be a people person. We’re learning how to smile on the inside and deal with our emotions better.”

Summer Recruitment Session

Recruitment will continue in June, when approximately 10 program seats will become available. Georgia CALLS accepts referrals of formerly incarcerated and state supervised individuals looking to get their life back on track after incarceration. The program includes life skills training and paid call center employment.

In support of The Georgia Prisoner Reentry Initiative (GA-PRI), Georgia CALLS is intentional with their selection process. Every individual is thoroughly evaluated during intake. Potential participants must meet requirements which include: have been released from prison within the last 12 months; have reliable transportation; is in compliance with all court-mandated requirements and conditions of parole and/or probation; and are available Monday through Friday during regular program and work hours, as well as other criteria.

According to one of Georgia CALLS’ successful reentry program participants, “I’ve been incarcerated for 11 years and there are some habits and ways that I picked up from being incarcerated that I had to break…but I always knew that I wanted an opportunity. Instead of saying it’s a job, it’s more like a program for life and I enjoy it more and more when I come here.”

Within the program, Georgia CALLS provides social services, which includes intensive case management and the implementation of TAP strategies; unrivaled and newly-developed job/life skills training; paid work experience at its inbound call center, created specifically for this initiative; and optional spiritual development to returning citizens who are seeking a life change.

“Places like Georgia CALLS are necessary because it’s an opportunity for a person who doesn’t have it together, really to get it together,” said another Georgia CALLS reentry program participant.

To learn more about the program and download a Referral form, visit

http://www.gacalls.org/join-us/.  Referrals may also be made by calling Georgia CALLS social services team at 678-251-4225.

About Georgia CALLS

Located in Buford, GA, Georgia CALLS, Georgia Center For Abundant Living Life Skills, is a 501(c)3 organization created to ease the transition from incarceration back into a productive, healthy routine in the community. This unique reentry initiative is a pioneering collaboration between non-profit, for profit and government entities working together for the common good of society.

Georgia CALLS, a program in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support & Reentry, the Georgia Department of Corrections and Phillips Transitional Center, is transforming mindsets, growing leaders & building entrepreneurs up, one life at a time.

Utilizing a powerful combination of exclusive job/life skills training, paid work experience in the call center, intensive case management services, and optional discipleship classes, participants in the Georgia CALLS program learn to build strong character, explore their own entrepreneurial desires, and in turn give back to their own communities. Georgia CALLS works to make a last community impact by cultivating entrepreneurs and mentoring participants to be the CEOs of their lives.

For more information about Georgia CALLS, visit http://www.gacalls.org.

Good News At Noon Homeless Shelter Receives Donation from Voice4Nations

Adaria and LeeAnna deliver canned goods to Thomas, of Good News at Noon in support of World Homeless Day.
Adaria and LeeAnna deliver canned goods to Thomas, of Good News at Noon in support of World Homeless Day.

In recognition of World Homeless Day, Voice4Nations, the non-profit outreach of virtual phone service company VoiceNation, donated to the food bank of the Good News At Noon homeless shelter which serves the homeless community in Gainesville and Hall County.

The shelter, which is open 365 days a year and serves 55,000 meals a year, is a faith-based community ministry that relies on donations. World Homeless Day, an annual event held on October 10th, raises awareness of homeless peoples’ needs and offers opportunities for local communities to help.  Voice4Nations collected canned goods from their staff and donated them to people in need at Good News At Noon.

Ongoing Outreach

Voice4Nations has made it their initiative to assist the homeless population in any way possible. Every Saturday, their homeless outreach team volunteers at a homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta. The objective is to simply show this population in need that people really do care. Voice4Nations also provides hygiene products, clothing, Internet access so individuals can communicate with family, food, and reading materials to the shelter.

For more information on homelessness and to learn how you can help the homeless crisis, visit http://www.voice4nations.org/homeless.

About Voice4Nations

Voice4Nations, the non-profit outreach of VoiceNation, acts as a voice for the nations – a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves, like the 50 percent of all children who live in poverty.  Voice4Nations’ goal is to create awareness, encourage people to make a difference, and connect them with successful organizations where they can make a contribution directly funding the need.

Voice4Nations.org was launched to address three key initiatives: bullying prevention, the global water crisis, and homelessness. To learn more about Voice4Nations, visit http://voice4nations.org/

 

Georgia CALLS Non-Profit to Hold Grand Opening Ceremony on September 12th

GeorgiaCALLS ofcGeorgia CALLS, a unique 501(c)3 non-profit helping high-risk, returning citizens make a successful transition from incarceration back into society as business entrepreneurs, will officially announce their partnership with the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support & Reentry (GOTSR), Georgia Department of Corrections, and Phillips Transitional Center in a Grand Opening Ceremony on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10 a.m.
The ceremony will be held at the Georgia CALLS custom-designed, pilot work/training facility at 1705 Enterprise Drive in Buford. State officials from all partnering government entities will be in attendance. A representative from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce will speak along with the non-profit’s Executive Director Jay Reeder. The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the facility, followed by light refreshments.
Georgia CALLS is partnering with the GOTSR, Georgia Department of Corrections, and Phillips Transitional Center in support of The Georgia Prisoner Reentry Initiative (GA-PRI) as a groundbreaking effort to change the way supervised individuals are reintegrated into the community. During the first year of the elite program, Georgia CALLS will provide social services, which includes intensive case management and the implementation of TAP strategies; unrivaled and newly-developed job/life skills training; paid work experience at its inbound call center, created specifically for this initiative; and optional spiritual development to returning citizens who are seeking a life change. The Georgia CALLS re-entry program is designed with excellence by way of intentional training, both in the workplace and through distinguished, all-inclusive job/life skills coaching. Top program graduates will be invited to enter year two where they explore entrepreneurship opportunities that include extensive business and leadership training, executive-level mentoring, and capital funding options that will advocate the launch of new businesses within the community.
According to the GOTSR, together with Superintendent James Payne of Phillips Transitional Center, “Phillips Transitional Center is proud to announce its In-Reach partnership with Georgia CALLS, an organization primarily focused on serving people who were formerly incarcerated. Georgia CALLS will be a partner in providing two (2) major components needed for residents of Phillips Transitional Center to make a successful transition back into society. These two (2) components are: Life Skills Training and Employment.”
Georgia CALLS will employ 24 highly motivated individuals to not only become the CEOs of their lives, but also of their own businesses. The goal of Georgia CALLS’ reentry initiative is to make a direct community impact by transforming mindsets, growing leaders, and building entrepreneurs up, one life at a time. Through a participatory and holistic approach, Georgia CALLS will reduce recidivism and boost economic growth.
“Supporting the transition and reentry for those who have been in prison is an undertaking that government alone can’t do.” – Governor Nathan Deal, Atlanta Rotary Club, December 16, 2013
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, “Research has shown that offenders who have the opportunity to re-enter the community after a stay in a transitional center are up to a third more likely to succeed in maintaining a crime-free life.” Georgia CALLS is hoping to increase these odds.
Many years in the making, a team varied in skill sets has put forth exceptional effort to make the Georgia CALLS dream become a unique opportunity for success among those in need. Georgia CALLS has built out a custom-designed facility where dedicated staff members are passionate about building up, mentoring, and empowering individuals to become the CEOs of their lives. Furthermore, success is not limited to the community of Buford, Georgia. The Buford facility was intentionally designed as a small pilot site to launch, test, and prove the Georgia CALLS program. Once a favorable outcome is achieved, Georgia CALLS will expand into a much larger operation to serve as many individuals in need as possible.
“The Georgia CALLS initiative will make a lasting change in our communities. It is a unique collaboration between non-profit, for profit, and government entities working together for the common good of society,” explained Reeder.
Georgia CALLS is made up of these powerful components that give program participants the greatest chance at success. 1) Social Services are highly important in providing intensive case management procedures utilizing TAP strategies and “Thinking for a Change” principles. 2) The comprehensive job/life skills training program was finely crafted to expand one’s world-view, teach higher-level executive functioning skills, and motivate individuals to take the necessary steps towards a life transformation. 3) The inbound call center is where participants learn to work, nurture their inner entrepreneurial spirit, generate an income, and gain valuable work experience. 4) Optional Spiritual Growth allows for discipleship classes that encourage individuals to be a positive influence in their home and community.
Reeder continued, “By equipping the population with the tools and support they need to succeed in the community, Georgia CALLS is working with the GOTSR to create safer neighborhoods within the community. At the same time, we are empowering individuals to make a successful life transformation and become the CEOs of their lives.”
For more information, visit http://gacalls.org/.
To view video testimonials of successful individuals who have rewritten their life stories and become CEOs of their own lives, visit the website at http://www.gacalls.org/testimonials/.
About Georgia CALLS
Located in Buford, GA, Georgia CALLS, Georgia Center For Abundant Living Life Skills, is a 501(c)3 organization created to ease the transition from incarceration back into a productive, healthy routine in the community. This unique reentry initiative is a pioneering collaboration between non-profit, for profit and government entities working together for the common good of society.
Georgia CALLS, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support & Reentry, Georgia Department of Corrections, and Phillips Transitional Center, is transforming mindsets, growing leaders & building entrepreneurs up, one life at a time.
Utilizing a powerful combination of exclusive job/life skills training, paid work experience in the call center, intensive case management services, and optional discipleship classes, participants in the Georgia CALLS program learn to build strong character, explore their own entrepreneurial desires, and in turn give back to their own communities. Georgia CALLS works to make a last community impact by cultivating entrepreneurs and mentoring participants to be the CEOs of their lives.
For more information about Georgia CALLS, visit http://gacalls.org/.