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Three reasons you should go back to school (as an adult) this fall

Going back to school is a big decision, especially as an adult. Your family, current job and other responsibilities may seem more important than continuing your education. However, obtaining your HiSET (also called GED) can grant you access to meaningful careers and opportunities that better support you and your family. It’s never too late to go back to school! Keep reading to learn more about why you should consider going back to school this fall. 1. Career change and advancement Are you looking for a new job or wanting to start a career? Obtaining a high school equivalency diploma opens […]

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Five pivotal moments in the history of HopeWorks

HopeWorks has come a long way since its founding in 1988. This growth has allowed us to reach more people, provide more opportunities and spread the Gospel throughout Memphis. As we look back, here are five moments in our history that have defined HopeWorks’ past and, in turn, our future. 1. The founding of HopeWorks In 1988, several area Churches of Christ had a vision – to aid the poor and homeless population in Shelby Country by providing temporary housing. This original idea developed into a program that would help people find independence and purpose. Wayne Reed, then director of […]

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PTSD in previously incarcerated individuals and the importance of mental rehabilitation

According to the American Psychiatric Association, post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. The term PTSD has become more common in our culture, but it also has several other names you might recognize, including “shell shock” and “combat fatigue.” These names, which are most often affiliated with military service, have declined in popularity as our understanding of PTSD increases. While PTSD is still often associated with veterans or active military professionals, the truth is that PTSD is much more far-reaching. Research shared by the American Psychiatric Association […]

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What the FIRST STEP Act means for previously incarcerated individuals

On Dec. 21, 2018, the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person, or FIRST STEP Act, was signed into law. This piece of bipartisan legislation is (literally) the FIRST STEP in transforming prisons into facilities that will reduce recidivism and strengthen our communities and economy.  The legislation increases funding for vocational and rehabilitative programming, reduces mandatory sentence length for drug-related offenses, allows inmates to reduce their sentence through good behavior and adds humanitarian restrictions, among other things. But, what does that technically look like and how will it affect incarcerated individuals? The program is founded on increased assessment […]

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Frequently asked questions by HopeWorks students – past, present and future

While HopeWorks staff may not physically be in our office, that doesn’t mean we’re closed! Our employees are working remotely to ensure that our students receive assistance and guidance during this unprecedented time. Because of the nature of the situation, we’ve received an influx of questions about our programs and services. We’ve created this document that will update as inquiries are received. Q: When will the next Personal and Career Development (PCD) class start? A: Our next PCD class was originally slated to begin April 29 – however, it will be pushed back to a later date. If you would like […]

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