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LIFE of NC celebrates legacy of Joyce C. Jones

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Monday, December 3, 2018

LIFE of NC and the STRIVE-NC job training program are honoring Joyce Jones with an ongoing scholarship fund marking her 32 years of service working with special populations in our eastern North Carolina community, including developmentally disabled and disadvantaged youth.

On Dec. 20, Jones will be entering a well-deserved retirement after 18 years as executive director of the LIFE of NC organization, serving to provide sustainable job skills and training in basic life empowerment.

The Joyce C. Jones STRIVE Legacy Fund will provide scholarship assistance for students enrolled in the STRIVE four-week job placement course. Donors are invited to give towards the fund goal of $50,000, of which $30,000 has been received. Anyone who has been touched by Joyce Jones and the organization is encouraged to participate now to help leverage a $5,000 matching challenge from a long-time donor.

“LIFE of NC is dedicated to putting the hardest to employ citizens of our community to valuable work,” board president Dan Mayo said. “To date 2,174 individuals have graduated from this class with 73 percent finding meaningful employment. Their lives are forever changed because of their contact with Joyce Jones.”

Course participants include single mothers just coming out of prison who want to get their lives back on track. The reentry process for them includes more than job training. Clothing, food, and even housing assistance are all part of the process of becoming gainful citizens.

LIFE of NC helps empower participants to give their 90 percent, and then comes alongside to make up the difference, Mayo said. As students go through the course, their whole demeanor and outlook change as they realize their value and the contribution they can make to society.

“Joyce Jones has exemplified the ability to bring out the human dignity of each individual she serves,” Mayo said. “Whether she is lecturing a potential employee about their need to dress for success, or comforting a hurting mother, or advocating for justice for those formerly in prison, her love always wins. Please join us in honoring this unique woman who has literally transformed our region with her 32 years of service.”

Donations to the Joyce C. Jones Strive Legacy Fund can be made at the website www.lifeofnc.org/LegacyFund or by sending a check to LIFE of NC, PO Box 30733, Greenville NC 27834.

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