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My Story: DeWarren Carter

I was initially incarcerated in 2004. During my incarceration, I did a lot of self-studies as far as my reading and writing — different things that would help me prepare for my release. I focused a lot on what I would have to do to prosper. I knew I was going to be low on finances when I got released, but that wasn’t deterring me.

In 2008, I was at a minimum security prison, and I heard about Goodwill Industries® of Northwest North Carolina’s Project Re-entry. I entered Project Re-entry not knowing what to expect. I was doing carpentry, writing and dog-training classes — different things that I thought would help me prepare for release. I learned how to budget my money and time, how to present myself to employers and how to carry myself all around.

Once I was released from prison, Project Re-entry helped me with transportation, clothing and networking with people that were going to stand behind me. Also, I went to school to learn to work with animals.

Because of that schooling, I have both a part-time job and a full-time job. I’ve been working 50 hours a week. People are asking me now, “How did he come so far, so fast?” Through the support of people standing behind me, I have made big progress. My life has turned around.

I would label my life convicted to commitment. I’ve made a commitment to do right. I have duties and responsibilities now. Through that job, I was able to save and get an apartment and a car on the road. I want to build up my future instead of tear it down.

I am very thankful for Goodwill. They have provided a means of service for felons like me through Project Re-entry. Being a felon, you don’t know where or who to turn to, but I was able to turn to this group of people that were supportive of me.

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  • Sherry C.
    November 3rd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I highly admire Dewarren for being so dedicated to doing the right thing, even way before he was released. I am happy that Goodwill can provide support, when virtually no other jobs can be found available for these people. Dewarren has great will power and I hope all the best for him and his life.

  • edwin cooper
    November 3rd, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I also have been resently released from TDCJ-ID and I understand just how Dewarren must have felt. I’m going through a simular situation.I’m currently wishing that more programs come avilable for others like us. Keep up the good work and I.ll do the same.

  • James Bullock
    November 8th, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Keep up the good work. We are praying for you here at Kingdom Empowerment Ministries, Inc. Scotland Neck, NC 27874. God Bless You and May Heaven Smile Upon You! -JEB

  • Tiffany
    November 16th, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Awesome story of success and support. I too wish there were more programs like this for ex-cons but I do thank God for Goodwill. Keep up the awesome work Dewarren. God is moving through you =]

  • DWarren Carter
    January 19th, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Thanks for all the kind words. I am still working and enjoying my success.I still work part time at the Forsyth Humane Society(Kennel tech.) and full time at Ard Vista Animal Hospital(vet. assistant).I am very thankful for Goodwill,because they provided people like me with Project Re-Entry!

  • John Winchesterfield Van Rosenthal
    February 4th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Good Job. I am happy to see your improvement and choices that has lead to your success and prosperity. Kudos son.

  • DeWarren Carter
    March 6th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I would have never thought that I could have made it.Yes I go through my everyday struggles of being a convicted felon,however I look back on all the progress that I have made and say, YES!I am constently reminded by Mike Thomas(PROJECT RE-ENTRY)that,”it’s because of you that this whole thing becoame true and that your commitment to success kept you afloat.I am thankful for it all.

  • Barbara Foster
    June 29th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    You are such a blessing to our Abby and all the animals at Ard-Vista! Thank you for your commitment–we admire your progress and all you have done!

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