Recent News

118 YEARS IN PRISON-THREE JUVENILE LIFERS CELEBRATE

Westville, NJ October 11, 2017-Imagine being ripped away from your family at 16 years old and returning 40 years later to a world you do not recognize.  Paulette is 56 years old and at the age of 16, she was sentenced to life in prison.  Today, Paulette is a student who sits in the front row, determined to graduate the Uplift Workforce reentry program.  Paulette is one of three juvenile lifers in the Workforce Solutions reentry training program. The three of them have a total of 118 years combine and are getting a new chance at starting their lives.

Workforce Solutions is designed to create second-chance employment opportunities for re-entering citizens in and around Philadelphia. On Monday, October 16, 2017, a total of 25 formally incarcerated men and women will graduate a six-week training program and are guaranteed a job at one of the Philadelphia area Brown’s Supermarkets. Join us for a Celebration Graduation on Monday, October 16, 2017, at 2 pm in the Family Life Center at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church 2800 W Cheltenham Ave, Philadelphia, PA.

Uplift taught me something about myself. It has created a sense of pride. This is beyond a job. I have pride for something positive.”-Paulette Carrington 

Annually, over 36,000 people pass through Philadelphia city jails, 18,000 people are released from prison in Pennsylvania and over 300,000 people living in Philly have criminal records. Current laws and perceptions have created barriers for these individuals to achieve permanent long-term employment. Due to a lack of opportunity, many of these individuals decide their only option for survival is to re-engage in past behavior.  This cycle has led to an 80 percent recidivism rate and long-term structural poverty.

Philadelphia is home to the nation’s largest population of juvenile lifers. In 2012, the Supreme Court banned automatic life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.

The Uplift Workforce Solutions program is based on rebuilding people and teaching life skills that will benefit them in and out of the workplace.  The hard and soft skills are taught in a classroom environment and each participant that successfully completes the six-week classroom portion of the program will be offered a position at one of Uplift’s partners.

Uplift, to strengthen, heal & inspire; is a national consultancy that supports food businesses, governments, nonprofits, healthcare systems and more to create access to food, access to healthcare, access to capital and access to jobs in underserved communities.

# # #

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Audrey Fish at 856.471.2008 or email at Audrey.fish@upliftsolutions.org.

Read more

UPLIFT AND PARTNERS TO BRING FOOD ACCESS TO A COMMUNITY IN NEED

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Audrey Fish                                                                                                                                                                                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telephone 856.471.2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  August 8, 2017
Cell 856.889.5597
Email Audrey.fish@upliftsolutions.org
Website www.upliftsolutions.org

“UPLIFT AND PARTNERS TO BRING FOOD ACCESS TO A COMMUNITY IN NEED”

Westville, NJ August 8, 2017–Uplift is working to eliminate a food desert in Waterloo, Iowa.   Local developer, Rodney Anderson received a unanimous approval from the City Council to move ahead with a plan to build a supermarket in the Walnut neighborhood.  A locally owned and run supermarket is the vision of developer, Rodney Anderson who was born and raised in Waterloo.  The 26,000-square foot supermarket will bring health food access to a neighborhood who has not had a grocery store in over a decade.

What is now an empty lot in a community without food access, will soon be a supermarket full of fresh and healthy food which will be in walking distance for many in the in the Walnut neighborhood.  The supermarket will bring up to 80 jobs to the community.  Uplift, a national nonprofit with expertise in developing supermarkets in underserviced communities is a partner on the project.

We are thrilled to be working in Waterloo with Mr. Anderson.  A supermarket does more than sell food.  It also builds up a community and can become an anchor to fulling community needs and ensure consistent access to fresh and affordable health food.”-Atif Bostic, Uplift’s Executive Director      

Uplift is working with Central Holdings, LLC, to obtain federal, state, and local incentives to create a financing package that benefits all stakeholders involved.  In addition, Uplift is working to develop tan overall business plan and technical assistance package to secure a successful supermarket business in the Waterloo community.  These services include but are not limited to community engagement, marketing support, and vetting and hiring a General Manager for the store.

Uplift, to strengthen, heal & inspire; is a national consultancy that supports food businesses, governments, nonprofits, healthcare systems and more to create access to food, access to healthcare, access to capital and access to jobs in underserved communities.

# # #

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Audrey Fish at 856.471.2008 or email at Audrey.fish@upliftsolutions.org.

Read more

Uplift Press Release – MOBILE BREAST CANCER SCREENING COMES TO SHOPRITE ON AUGUST 16TH

           

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Audrey Fish                                                                                                     August 2, 2017
Telephone 856.471.2008
Cell 856.889.5597
Email Audrey.fish@upliftsolutions.org
Website www.upliftsolutions.org

 

“MOBILE BREAST CANCER SCREENING COMES TO SHOPRITE ON AUGUST 16TH”

Fox Chase Cancer Center/Flyer’s Wives Mobile Screening Unit partners with ShopRite Supermarket.

 

Westville, NJ August 2, 2017–ShopRite Supermarkets operated by the Brown family, Fox Chase Cancer Center/Flyer’s Wives, The Family Practice and Counseling Network, Susan G. Komen, and Uplift Health Solutions will host a Mobile Mammography Screening event on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, in partnership with the Flyers Wives, has a Mobile Screening Unit (MSU) that brings screenings right into the community.  On August 16th, the (MSU) will be located outside of ShopRite at Fox St & Roberts Ave. in Philadelphia, with appointments starting at 10am.  Space is limited and appointments must be made before the event. There will be no walk-in appointments.

Women must obtain a prescription from their primary care provider and call Uplift at 856-471-2008 to schedule an appointment.  They can also get a prescription by walking in at the Fast Care Health Clinic, located inside the ShopRite at Fox Street & Roberts Ave. in Philadelphia, or by calling 267.597.3610.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for women to get their annual mammogram, which is recommended for women age 40 years and older. This event brings the screening unit right to them which makes it easier and more convenient for our customers and we are offering them at no charge for clients who do not have insurance.” —Sandy Brown, In-Store Branding and Media Relations Director, Brown’s Super Stores.

# # #

Uplift, to strengthen, heal & inspire; is a national consultancy that supports food businesses, governments, nonprofits, healthcare systems and more to create access to food, access to healthcare and access to capital in underserved communities.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Audrey Fish at 856.471.2008 or email at Audrey.fish@upliftsolutions.org.

Read more