By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Re-Entry program orientation is Saturday
Program for recently released prisoners set to begin
Placeholder Image

The Liberty County Re-entry Coalition is set to host a five-week course called SOAR from Dreams to Reality.

The course is supposed to help recently released prisoners adapt to their new surroundings.

The course will start with an orientation Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at Ameris Bank.

The SOAR program is an opportunity for men and women just out of prison to learn how to cope with life outside prison.

LCRC Executive Director Daisy Jones, a retired lieutenant colonel, said orientation will feature motivational stories from former prisoners as well as talks by local business leaders.

"We have one returning citizen who will speak who served 20 years in prison and has been out almost five years," Jones said, noting he will be able to relate to the those who attend since he’s had to walk the same path they have.

Orientation will be followed up by week-long training session covering diverse topics.

The first week, which is Feb. 10-16, will be taught by Jones and Irving White and will cover self-exploration and clarifying goals.

Week 2, Feb. 17-23, will cover social skills business etiquette and social media.

"John Slappy is a retired veteran who works at Fort Stewart and is a supporter of our Re-Entry program," Jones said.

Slappy will assist her in detailing the dos and don’ts of social media postings, preparing for business interviews and professional appearance.

Beginning Feb. 24, the course will cover financial stability and be taught by LCRC mentor Morris Cockerm

In the fourth week, Alonda Taylor will help attendees through mock job interviews and personal development.

The final week will culminate with a graduation at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center. It will be a catered affair, open to local businesses and area leaders.

The courses start at 6 p.m. and go until 7:30 p.m.

Transportation will be provided by Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

For more information or to register, call 912-877-5293 or visit:

Sign up for our e-newsletters