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September Newsletter

Hello everyone and welcome to THRIVE's September newsletter! In this edition, we welcome back our CEO from parental leave, we offer a very special thank you to those donors who supplied our Core Members and Alumni with laptops as part of our COVID response, we invite you to our first ever Virtual Experiential Diversity Training, and lastly we share some information on voting in the November election.

Virtual Events

Virtual Experiential Diversity Training! (Click here to register)

This training is designed to help community members become stronger allies for, with, and among our neighbors transitioning from incarceration.

This training is done over a course of 4 weeks with 2.5 hour sessions each week. Tuesday nights from 6 PM- 8: 30 PM


Special thanks to those who donated laptops for our Core Members and alumni in response to CIVID. The laptops have helped members build their careers, gain access to zoom for legal matters as well as their Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA). THRIVE is in the process of setting up one on one training opportunities for members to learn more about how to use their new device. Jeannette writes, "I have been using the laptop to help me build my brand for personal training. I've also been using it to better my resume. The laptop has also helped me with matters that have to do with court." 
THRIVE CoSA Alumni and Leadership Fellow, Jesse Simoneau, writes "The Chrome book I received has been a lifesaver. The work I do for THRIVE at this moment, is 100% remote. Every meeting and training I do is on my Chromebook, through Zoom. I'm also able to utilize Google Sheets and contact potential volunteers. Most importantly, I'm now able to have access to a device that allows me to write, and store content for the THRIVEcast podcast I'm working on! I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to own such an excellent device." 
THRIVE welcomes Kim Yeasir, Chief Empowerment Officer, back from maternity leave! Her baby boy, Leo, was born on May 8th. Kim and her partner Tarik are excited to introduce Leo to the THRIVE family . Upon returning to work, Kim said, "It was such a blessing and a relief to be able to step away and know that our amazing Board members, staff, core members, and volunteers were taking good care of one another. This pandemic has been a huge challenge for all of us, so I am especially grateful to all who made it possible for me to spend these past few months with Leo. Thank you!"

How to Vote in Massachusetts

Please spread the word that all formally incarcerated people who are registered to vote are able to vote in Massachusetts. This includes people with felony convictions. Here is additional information on the upcoming elections.
Here is a video from on how to check if you are registered to vote.
Click here to check if you are registered.
Election: November 3rd

If you are not registered to vote you can click here to register. Registration due date is October 24th, 2020.

You can also file for absentee voting by downloading this PDF and sending it your local town hall.  We recommend that you get this to your local office as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the ballot in the mail on time.

We would also like to remind everyone that you can still vote if you had been formally convicted of a felony. Everyone's voice matters. If you have any question you can contact me, Devin Scott, at Let's get you registered!
Give to THRIVE online via Communities for Restorative Justice

THRIVE Communities Massachusetts
175 Cabot St., Suite 100
Lowell, Ma 01845

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