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Citizens of District 4 & Fayetteville, thanks once again

                                           for trusting me to represent you to 2021!
            The Fayetteville Press

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                                                                                                                                                                     DJ Haire

          Volume 30  No. 7                                                                               August/September 2019 Edition  *   (910) 323-3120                                                                  Fayetteville, NC

           Life is Worth Living / Project Fresh Start: “Build the people, strengthen the community”

           It started as a vision, although he would never ad-
       mit that.  Charles Evans has always had a heart for the
       people. Way before his political career began, Charles
       could be found offering assistance and help to every-
       one he encountered. Even when he had nothing mate-
       rial to give, he offered his time and a listening ear.
           It was this spirit that gave birth to Life is Worth
       Living  /  Project  Fresh  Start.  Charles  Evans  founded
       Life is Worth Living/Project Fresh start in 2008 as a
       direct result of some challenges that he had personally
       experienced, but more so for the great number of people
       that asked for his assistance in dealing with the after
       effects of incarceration. Life is Worth Living/Project
       Fresh Start’s purpose is to offer assistance to all who
       need it to rebuild their lives and families while facing
       the challenges and stigma of unemployment, underem-
       ployment, homelessness, lack of education, financial
       insecurity as a result of incarceration and/or a felony
       background. Ex-offenders face various barriers as they
       try  to  re-enter  society  after  serving  their  sentence.
       Former offenders often find it challenging to find em-
       ployment or housing with their record. Because of these
       obstacles to reintegrating into society, they are more
       likely to commit additional offenses and end up back                      Marvin Price , Roxanne Woodbury & County Commissioner Charles Evans
       in the criminal justice system.
           If you do not know anyone affected by prior incar-                                                      (910) 978-6643
       ceration  or  a  felony  record,  you  are  in  a  very  small
       minority. Each year more than 22,000 inmates are re-
       leased  from  North  Carolina’s  state  prison  system.       Rally
       Ninety-eight percent of the inmates in prison today will           · Connecting  individuals  with  NC  Works,  Board  of  Elections  Officers,  Commicare,  and
       be released in the future.                                    Fayetteville Technical Community College to reduce the barriers for a successful re-integration into
                                                                     our community.
           Life is Worth Living / Project Fresh Start has been            Life is Worth Living / Project Fresh Start is currently developing a Job Readiness Training pro-
       a part of the Fayetteville/Cumberland County commu-           gram which will offer a healthy mixture of activities with an emphasis on individual accountability.
       nity for over 10 years and has helped many individu-          Participants will engage in a training curriculum of speakers, role plays, and group dynamics to help
       als move beyond their labels into their vision of a pro-      develop new job skills, résumés, and practice interviewing techniques. If you have a business that
       ductive and engaged resident. We have accomplished            would like to assist, please contact us 910.978.6643 or by email at
       this through:                                                      We are excited to have Roxanne Woodbury and Marvin Price join Chris Hollis on our board to
           · Assisting  the  Fayetteville/Cumberland  County         continue make this effort a success.
       DA’s Office with annual expungement clinics                        Remember Life is truly worth living and everyone deserves a Fresh Start!
           · Co-sponsoring the Project to End Homelessness

            UNC System Interim President Bill Roper names Dr. Peggy Valentine as Interim Chancellor of Fayetteville State University

           CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – University of North Carolina System Interim                                                 She is a Paul Harris Fellow for Rotary in Winston-Salem.
       President Bill Roper today announces the appointment of Dr. Peggy Valen-                                                 Dr. Valentine was instrumental in WSSU's offering of its first doc-
       tine as interim chancellor of Fayetteville State University. The appointment                                        toral degrees-in physical therapy and nursing practice. In addition,
       will be effective August 7, 2019.                                                                                   WSSU's School of Health Sciences has expanded under her leadership
           "I am proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Valentine, someone                                               and now offers programs in clinical laboratory science, exercise physiol-
       in whom I am confident in and who has demonstrated great leadership ca-                                             ogy, healthcare management, nursing, occupational therapy, physical
       pabilities during her tenure as a dean at Winston-Salem State," Dr. Roper                                           therapy, rehabilitation counseling, social work, and therapeutic recre-
       said. "While at WSSU, she has transformed the School of Health Sciences                                             ation. These in-demand programs have consistently experienced high
       into a widely-respected and popular program, leading its continued growth                                           licensure exam pass rates.
       and success. I know she will bring her remarkable attributes and skills to                                               In an effort to increase diversity in the health professions, Dr. Val-
       this new interim role at Fayetteville State. I wish to thank her for agreeing                                       entine has also overseen the development of early assurance agreements
       to take on this new challenge."                                                                                     that guarantee admission into high-demand graduate programs for WSSU
           Dr. Valentine received her doctorate in education from Virginia Tech                                            undergraduates who meet certain requirements. The school expanded its
       University and a master of arts and a bachelor of science degrees from                                              work toward eliminating health disparities among the residents of Win-
       Howard University. Dr. Valentine is listed in Who's Who of American Women                                           ston-Salem under her leadership.
       and was honored as Educator of the Year by the American Academy of                                                       "I am honored to be asked to serve in this role at Fayetteville State
       Physician Assistants. She is a fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied                                       University," Dr. Valentine said. "I look forward to working with the Board
       Health Professions, and the Howard University Faculty Senate honored her                                            of Trustees, administration, and faculty to move FSU forward during
       for "Outstanding Contributions to the African Diaspora."                                                            this time of transition. FSU has a proud tradition of excellence and is
                                                                                                                           one of the most diverse universities in the country. With nationally-ranked
           Dr. Valentine's area of research specialization is homeless and minor-                                          academic programs, growing research capacity, and strong military part-
       ity health issues. She has published in refereed journals, textbooks and manu-                                      nerships, FSU is a major economic engine for the entire Fayetteville and
       als. She is the founding editor-in-chief for the Journal of Best Practices in                                       Cumberland County region."
       Health Professions Diversity. She has served on the boards of Novant Health,                                             Dr. Pam Jackson, FSU provost and vice chancellor for academic
       the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research and the Consortium                                             affairs, has been serving as acting chancellor at Fayetteville State since
       on International Management Policy and Development. Other service in-     Dr. Peggy Valentine                       the resignation of Chancellor James Anderson on June 13. Dr. Jackson
       cludes board membership with the Association of Schools of Allied Health                                            will continue to serve in an acting capacity until Dr. Valentine assumes
       Professions, the National Society of Allied Health, SciWorks and others.                        her new role.
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