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Restoring opportunities, rebuilding lives.

WHO WE ARE

Wash Away Unemployment is a New Bern, NC-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We envision a community built on justice and grace, where past offenses do not condemn a person to a life of poverty and social exclusion.

WHAT WE DO

Through our growing list of initiatives, Wash Away offers employment, housing, and other stability-building opportunities for our justice-involved population.

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A training session

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Men working to renovate a roof

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Man and woman review materials at construction site

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WHY WE DO IT

We are striving to reduce revocations, increasing public safety, and strengthening families. We do this through one-on-one, peer-to-peer support, skill assessment, and self development training with justice-involved populations, and by simultaneously working with local employers to reduce the stigma associated with a criminal record.

A COMMUNITY OF TINY HOMES

Through our collaborative partnerships we are building tiny homes to be used by citizens who face barriers in accessing adequate housing as they reintegrate back into the community. 

Our mission is to empower individuals to tap into their inner resilience and self sufficiency, whether they face homelessness due to being justice-involved, are disabled veterans, or just because "life" happened.

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BAN THE BOX

Wash Away Unemployment is among the organizations that have campaigned to "Ban the Box" and remove criminal history questions from applications for state employment. 

Executive Order 158 will affect the more than 1.7 million people in North Carolina who have a criminal record and may face barriers to employment because of that record.

How You Can Help

We welcome financial gifts or donations of items like tools, clothing, and food—as well as mentors and volunteers.

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK

Keep up with everything we're doing on our Facebook page where we post regular updates. Don't forget to follow and like!

Are you looking for work? 

If you’re a member of the justice-involved population and are interested in finding out more about job opportunities, or any of our other services, please get in touch.