Giving Tuesday




We have a day for giving thanks.  #Giving Tuesday is a day to give back.    On Tuesday, November 27th, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.  We invite you to make a special donation in honor of one of the greatest givers in our community, Mrs. Joyce C. Jones who has been the Founder and Director of LIFE of NC and the STRIVE job training program these last 19 years.

Share us in celebrating the work of this one amazing individuals and the countless lives she has changed. We invite you to GIVE ON GIVING TUESDAY to her Legacy Fund and share your comments on Facebook about the impact Mrs. Jones has had.  #GivingTuesday.


STRIVE NC 19th Anniversary Gala to feature Robert Barker, Jr.


Robert Barker Jr. is the President of Bob Barker Company, America’s leading detention supplier, located in the Triangle Area of North Carolina.   Robert attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the London School of Economics, and graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management.

Around 2010 God put a burden on Robert’s spirit to understand more deeply the greatest problems facing the industry his business served and to play a leadership role in solving those problems. In studying the corrections industry, he learned that correctional populations in the U.S. exploded from 300,000 in the early 1980’s to more than 2.3 million people incarcerated today, with hundreds of billions of dollars spent annually on our criminal justice system. Two out of three inmates that leave a correctional facility today will find themselves back inside a correctional facility within three years, often much sooner than that. This issue of ‘recidivism’ was one of the biggest drivers of this population and spending explosion.

With the help of his leadership team in 2010 Robert set out to recast the vision of the Bob Barker Company to articulate a greater purpose, a higher calling for the business. The company’s vision changed from “Bob Barker is the worldwide leader delivering innovative supplies and services to correctional and rehabilitation customers” to “Transforming criminal justice while honoring God in all that we do.”

At the same time that the company announced the new vision, we also created the Bob Barker Company Foundation, which the company began tithing to out of the net income of the business. With faithful giving and God’s blessing on the foundation investments, assets in the foundation have grown to over $11,000,000 today. The foundation has awarded over $2,000,000 in grants to organizations working to help the incarcerated prepare physically, spiritually, and emotionally for successful reentry into society and to stay out of prison for life. These foundation grantees have impacted more than 1,000,000 lives.  The foundation is the only Foundation in the Unites States, perhaps the world, that focuses exclusively on reducing recidivism.

Robert is an active member of the C12 Group, the largest network of Christian CEOs and owners building great businesses for a greater purpose. His participation in this peer advisory group has helped Robert discover and plan for areas that need improvement in his business and personal life, while being held accountable and encouraged to accomplish it in a God-honoring way.

Tickets are available at the STRIVE NC office at 600 W. Third St. (Historic Third Street School Building). Individual tickets are $50 each. Sponsorships at Presenting ($5,000), Platinum ($2,500), Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500) and Bronze ($350) levels are available.

Your donations help our graduates Prepare to Work and become Determined to Succeed! For more information, contact Rob Lee at (252) 752-9774 or register online at our GALA homepage.


Duke Energy Foundation Awards Grant to LIFE of NC

The Duke Energy Foundation awarded Life of NC a $5000 grant for local community workforce readiness training.

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Duke Energy Foundation awarded $5000 to LIFE of NC under the foundation’s Workforce Development initiative. Funds will be used to support Job Readiness and Attitudinal Training Program participants for classroom training, job search and job placement. Duke Energy Community Relations District Manager Millie Chalk, center, met with (left) Toni Lewis, Project Connect Work Navigator and STRIVE graduate, and (right) Ronda Barnes, Disaster Employment Readiness Program Work Navigator and STRIVE graduate.

April 24-30, 2016 is National Reentry Week!


April 24-30, 2016 is National Reentry Week! Events bringing awareness to Reentry will be happening ALL week across ALL 50 states!

This week, LIFE of NC/STRIVE will be holding a Food Drive to support the participants of Pitt County’s Reentry Program. Please join us as we support our community by donating canned &/or other non-perishable food items to our drive!
Please bring your canned goods to the STRIVE Office located at 600 W. Third Street in Greenville. Donations will be accepted this week from 9am-4pm😊

It’s Giving Tuesday!


It’s ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬! It’s not too late to be a part of this global day of giving! Join the world wide movement & give back to local nonprofit LIFE/STRIVE NC by donating today! Your contribution to LIFE/STRIVE NC helps us provide quality life skills classes, job training courses, job placements & Dress for Success professional clothes closet for all participants! Be the change-make a difference in someone’s LIFE & donate TODAY! ‪#‎strivenc‬‪#‎nonprofit‬ ‪#‎charity‬ ‪#‎golocal‬ ‪#‎giveback‬ #GivingTuesday ‪#‎bethechange‬‪#‎makeadifference‬

Giving Tuesday – Final Countdown

The Final Countdown Begins! Only one more day until ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ is here! Join us tomorrow for this global day of giving & be a part of something bigger than yourself! YOU can make a difference in someone’s LIFE, donate to LIFE/STRIVE NC this #GivingTuesday & be someone’s light at the end of the tunnel! ‪#‎strivenc‬ ‪#‎nonprofit‬ ‪#‎charity‬ ‪#‎golocal‬ ‪#‎giveback‬‪#‎makeadifference‬ ‪#‎bethechange‬