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Nolef Turns Inc

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Causes: Crime & Law, Rehabilitation Services for Offenders

Mission: Our mission is to reduce recidivism by helping those with court and justice involvement successfully thrive post-conviction. Our vision is to be a leader in decreasing the prison population by supporting and empowering those who are most affected by crime, trauma, and incarceration. We will treat everyone with dignity and respect and will not pass judgement, as we seek justice and redemption. We will be community centered and act according to the greater good of the people we serve. To the best of our ability, we strive to do no harm to the people we serve and the communities we live in.

Results: Last year, we assisted over 2,906 people. There were so many pressing needs on top of our regular programming and services - we provided food, clothing, electronics, temporary shelter, medications, cash assistance, and offered support with finding employment and permanent housing, held technology 101 virtual classes, did 1 to 1 virtual care to assist individuals in pre-trial and post-incarceration with accessing the resources they needed to survive. 2020 was a whirlwind of a year. We served more people than we've ever served. NONE of our program participants returned to jail/prison - we still maintain a zero percent recidivism rate! At the height of the pandemic, we worked hard to support individuals who were being released. With a huge amount of support from the community, we were able to provide temporary shelter, rent and eviction support, food, hygiene and supplies and continued with our work in a virtual environment.

Target demographics: reduce recidivism by helping those with court and justice involvement successfully thrive post-conviction

Direct beneficiaries per year: 412 individuals/families with justice involvement

Geographic areas served: Richmond, VA and surrounding areas

Programs: Back To Work Program, Clothes Closet, Food Pantry, Institute of Forgiveness Dual Mentorship Program, Queen's Court, Right to Vote Campaign, Felony Policy/Advocacy Program, Transformative Justice Program

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was more than excited to get my civil rights restored but nothing compared to being able to vote for the first time in over 38 years. I had given up on being able to be a full citizen but I contacted NLT and everything was done in a matter of about 2 weeks. I'm forever grateful.

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nolefturnsinc Yaaayyyyy Mr. Ammeson, I'm so proud of you. Thank you for being patient through all the changes with the Supreme Court. I know it seemed like it wouldn't happen but you trusted us to get it done. I remember how frustrated you were but you did it!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love working with Nolef Turns. They have helped feed houseless individuals in the community for the past few years. Through the pandemic, they have been consistent and have shown up to help us as much as they could. I am happy to see all of the progress the organization has made over the past few years. This is what our community needs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My gratitude for how I was treated by these folks is immeasurable. Really appreciate being treated like a human being and addressed by my name. Thanks for helping with learning how to use my phone and computer. Simple things mean so much.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped us with food and support to sign up for services. We really appreciate the help. Tamara went above and beyond to help us get situated after my release from prison. Blessings.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thankful for being able to volunteer with them from the comfort of my own home. I needed to do community service hours during Covid and was able to help them find resources for felons and stay healthy. No one else would take a chance and wanted me to come in or work outside. I will be happily working with them in the future. They really care about others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They care enough to check in when everything is crazy around us. They're such a genuine team and I recommend them to anyone trying to navigate the criminal justice system.

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nolefturnsinc 07/08/2020

Thank you ♥️♥️♥️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They work hard to help people like me. I recommend them 10 times over. \uD83D\uDE42

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for Social Services and needed help with helping a client with resources for housing. It took a while but they really took the time to find something suitable. They do great work for others.

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nolefturnsinc 08/22/2019

Thank you for the opportunity to serve

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Tamara is the best. She really helped me through a rough time. I found a job and pray I can get on track. She was there every step of the way and I'm happy that they follow me through my journey. They've given me the resources I need to make things happen for my girls and myself.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been working with this organization for a few years. I finally was able to get my voting rights back even though I'm on probation. I know that Noleftturns has been directly involved with this work for years. They've had such an impact on me getting things on track in my life. Happy to support their work any way I can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Always a good experience. They're a hard working and dedicated few who really care about folk.

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nolefturnsinc 08/02/2019

Thank you for sharing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thankful for their help and straightforward talk. My family appreciates everything.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I didn't know what I was going to do. I work but fell behind on my rent b/c my hours were cut so much with the pandemic. They helped me get caught up and my family is so greatful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was referred to NoLefTurns through a friend. I was helped with food and finding work right away. I highly recommend them. They call and check on me every now and again too.

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nolefturnsinc 07/08/2020

♥️♥️♥️

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My brother was incarcerated and I didn't know how to navigate his home plan. Ms. Harris helped write a character letter for the parole board and after 27 years and 7 months, he was released. I love this group. They work hard and don't want recognition but they deserve it all.

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nolefturnsinc 07/08/2020

♥️♥️♥️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Helpful and passionate, I recommend using them. They really care about little folk

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nolefturnsinc 10/03/2018

Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering with NoLeft Turns for over a year. They really do care about people and will do anything to help. I don’t have nothing but good to say about them all.

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nolefturnsinc 08/22/2019

We love our volunteers and graciously thank you for helping out!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at a few events with No Left Turns after meeting with their founder. Being a person with a background myself, who was able to overcome adversity, I really respect the work they're doing for others.

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nolefturnsinc 07/16/2018

Wow, thank you for helping out.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I always get good help from Nolef Turns. I recommend them to anyone.

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nolefturnsinc 08/22/2019

Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the people doing the work, they really take the time to listen and help me where they could.

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nolefturnsinc 08/01/2018

Thank you for allowing us to serve you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to this org from a freind who was lcoked up with me. I needed all kinds of help and they worked wih me to find a job and got my voting rights back. I'm working on finding a permanent place to live now but I'm forever grateful for Noleft turns and the people who help out.

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nolefturnsinc 08/18/2019

Thank you for the opportunity to help!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love ghe work they do in Richmond. There aren't too many places that help individuals with barriers to employment and especially housing. I know it's difficult being a grassroots organization but they make the impossible possible with little resources and help. Hats off to Noleft Turns. We need more people like this.

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nolefturnsinc 10/03/2018

Thank you for your kind words!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I\u2019ve volunteered with plenty of organizations but grassroots efforts are dear to me. At NLT, I was amazed at the passion all of the volunteers had. We were treated respectfully and I definitely will be going back for mentoring.

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nolefturnsinc 09/26/2018

Thank you for helping out! YOU are greatly appreciated and necessary to keep us going.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started working with Nolef Turns last year after being charged with a felony. I was able to get help with some things for court that allowed me to avoid being convicted. I completed some community service hours and my charge was dismissed. I learned so much during the times I helped out and the people who work for Nolef Turns really are passionate about helping people. I'm glad to help out anytime I can.

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nolefturnsinc 07/16/2018

Thank you for your story. We really appreciate you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this organization. They were willing to help me out when a lot of places shut doors on me. Grateful

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nolefturnsinc 08/01/2018

Thank you for allowing us to serve you during your (and our) transition.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Always willing to help whenever I call, I love this group. They are doing some good work in the community.

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nolefturnsinc 07/16/2018

We're happy to help. Our community needs people who are willing to forgive and allow a person to grow.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit is amazing! Ms. Williams has been through just about everything I've went through and she's helped me out so much! I recommend that if you have a background come here cause they will help you!

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nolefturnsinc 08/26/2017

Thank you for your kind words. Our personal experiences were the reason we started this journey. Stay positive!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'd recommend this organization to anyone looking to find resources who have a felony conviction. They helped me out a lot.

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nolefturnsinc 08/26/2017

Glad to have helped!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's helping those who are judged on a crimson background gain their lives back . Not only are the participants getting jobs back , there gaining the rights again . It's very hard for someone of a criminal background to adjust to the world again but this nonprofit definitely helps others . This non profit is an opportunity to change someone's life . Nonprofits also put young professionals in touch with influential executives who work on their boards, as well as donors and sponsors, government officials and social activistsThey could improve with better advertising so others can find this .

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nolefturnsinc 08/26/2017

Thank you for your comments. We're working on spreading the word!