The Community

Our mission is to foster the full potential of people with criminal records through Pre-entry and showcasing their successes, humanity, and agency through Correcting the Narrative.

Our mission is to foster the full potential of people with criminal records through Pre-entry and showcasing their successes, humanity, and agency through Correcting the Narrative.

All In All Out is a podcast partnership between The Community, the Milwaukee School of Engineering University Scholars Honors Program, and the Wisconsin Decarceration Platform geared toward promoting greater collaboration in the reentry-reform-decarceration ecosystem in Wisconsin and showcasing the successes, humanity, and agency of people with criminal records.

Our inaugural Correcting the Narrative Awards ceremony received high praise despite not going as we planned. see the edited recording here, the honoree booklet here, and a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about it here

Correcting the Narrative Awards 2022, September 1st

TURNER HALL BALLROOM

Buy tickets or donate early

Ways You Can Help

Free People Problems merchandise

See our Free People Problems page for fundraising merchandise options and info about the meaning behind the words and design. It’s more than a slogan; it’s pyschology.

Donate with CashApp

Donate with CashApp

Click the icon or use $thecommunitynow on the CashApp app.

Donate with PayPal

Donate with Venmo

Click the icon or use @thecommunitynow on the Venmo app.

Donate now with PayPal

Donate with Venmo

Click the icon or use @thecommunitynow on the Venmo app.

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

1. Go to Smile.Amazon.com 2. Log in with your regular Amazon account info
3. Add “The Community” as the charity

OR go to settings on the Amazon app on your phone and activate AmazonSmile, then add us as the charity.

Amazon will donate to us .05% of every purchase you make at no extra cost to you.

 

Donate with SociaTap

Donate with SociaTap

Donate to The Community when you sign up for SociaTAP here ($5 subscription).

photography image by Heather Langton Photography

Heather Langton Photography

Heather Langton Photography captures the vibrance of unfiltered nature to bring renewed hope and healing to those who need it. They donate 25% of profits from photography purchases to The Community.

Dev Cabin Technologies logo

Dev Cabin Technologies

Dev Cabin Technologies offers digital solutions for your business or personal needs, whether you need web design and development, apps, digital marketing, and more. Use the name “The Community” and they will donate 10% to us.

Free People Problems merchandise

Free People Problems Merchandise

See our Free People Problems page for fundraising merchandise options and info about the meaning behind the words and design of the logo. It’s more than a slogan; it’s pyschology.

Donate with CashApp

Donate with CashApp

Click the icon or use $thecommunitynow on the app.

Donate with PayPal

Donate with Venmo

Click the icon or use @thecommunitynow on the app.

Donate Now with PayPal

Donate with PayPal

Click the icon or use thecommunitywis@gmail.com on PayPal.

Amazon Smile

Donate with Amazon

1. Go to Smile.Amazon.com
2. Log in using your regular Amazon account info
3. Add “The Community” as the charity.

OR go to settings on the Amazon app on your phone and activate AmazonSmile, then add us as the charity.

Amazon will donate to us .5% of every purchase you make at no extra cost to you.

Donate with SociaTap

Donate with SociaTap

Donate to The Community when you sign up for SociaTAP here ($5 subscription).

photography image by Heather Langton Photography

Heather Langton Photography

Heather Langton Photography captures the vibrance of unfiltered nature to bring renewed hope and healing to those who need it. They donate 25% of profits from photography purchases to us.

Dev Cabin Technologies logo

Dev Cabin Technologies

Dev Cabin Technologies offers digital solutions for your business or personal needs, whether you need web design and development, apps, digital marketing, or more. Use the name “The Community” and they will donate 10% to us.

Some Of Our Partners

Fairshake
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison
Kohler Foundation
Milwaukee Turners
The Way Out
Expo Wisconsin
Community Warehouse
WDP
Dream Corps Justice
Endovo
Concordia University Wisconsin
Represent Justice
Marquette University Urban Outreach
MSOE University Scholars Honors Program
Employ Milwaukee Workforce Development

Our Team

Shannon Ross
Shannon Ross

Executive Director

Shannon served 17 years in prison in the Wisconsin prison system from the ages of 19 to 36. He created The Community in 2014 with the invaluable help of friends and family while finishing his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is also a graduate student at UW-Milwaukee’s Masters in Sustainable Peacebuilding program, a fellow with the Wisconsin Decarceration Platform, a mentor with Prisons to Professionals, and co-owner of a transportation company. To learn more about his speaking engagements and innovative consulting agency (Paradigm Shyft: Reentry Strategies and Consulting), visit his LinkedIn page below.

Jim Kaufman
Jim Kaufman

Jack-of-all-trades

Jim is an overall polymath with multiple degrees, graphic design expertise, legal acumen, and tech know-how who spent seven years in the Wisconsin prison system.

Ann Knoedler
Ann Knoedler

Office Manager

Ann is a retired newspaper reporter and Vice President of the Uptown Crossing Neighborhood Association and manages a community garden in Milwaukee.

Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers

Preentry Liaison & Information Analyst

Roy is a public speaker, advocate for “juvenile lifers” in the Wisconsin prison system, and an associate of the Wisconsin Alliance For Youth Justice (WAYJ). Roy has over two decades of experience mentoring and counseling youth during his 28 years in prison from the age of 16. He is a graduate of the Madison Area Technical College and certified in Entry Level IT training at the New Horizons Computer Learning Center in Milwaukee and CompTIA ITF. And he also serves as a musician at the Progressive Baptist Church.

Our Directors

Tracie Sparks - President
Tracie Sparks - President

Diversity & Inclusion Talent Acquisition Professional

Ryan Ramnarace - Vice President
Ryan Ramnarace - Vice President

Founding member of Formerly Incarcerated College Graduates Network

LaShante Boyd - Treasurer
LaShante Boyd - Treasurer

Finance Manager at W. Haywood Burns Institute

Aldira Aldape - Secretary
Aldira Aldape - Secretary

Community Engagement Director Americans for Prosperity

Keith Stanley
Keith Stanley

Executive Director of Near West Side Partners, Inc.

Catherine Pederson
Catherine Pederson

Founder & Executive Director of Loving Venti

Kobena-Marcus J. Collins
Kobena-Marcus J. Collins

Diversity & Inclusion Advisor

Steven Olikara
Steven Olikara

Founder of Millennial Action Project

Peter Borg
Peter Borg

Consulting Historian

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