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.

Upcoming Events

A picture of Adam Procell, a panelist for the event

Join us at the Monona Terrace in Madison January 17 for an evening of empowerment storytelling videos from our first two seasons of Correcting the Narrative, followed by an hourlong panel then Q & A about how showcasing the successes, humanity, and agency of people with criminal records builds stronger communities. Thank you to event sponsor the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership. Register here to attend.

 

What’s New?

All In All Out is a podcast partnership between The Community and the Milwaukee School of Engineering University Scholars Honors Program. It explores the nuance of topics and promotes greater collaboration in the reentry/reform/decarceration ecosystem in Wisconsin, as well as showcasing the successes, humanity, and agency of people with criminal records.

How to support this work

Donate now with PayPal

Donate with PayPal

Make a one-time donation or sign up for monthly donations here.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Donate Now with PayPal

Donate with PayPal

Make a one-time donation or sign up for monthly donations here.

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.

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.

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

Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison
FairShake
Kohler Foundation
The Bradley Foundation
Bader
Community Warehouse
The Way Out
Milwaukee Turners
WisconsinVoices.org
Represent Justice
Bader
Bader
Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
Project Return

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

Iran Amandah - Treasurer
Iran Amandah - Treasurer

Co-founder of LRL Capital

Aldira Aldape - Secretary
Aldira Aldape - Secretary

Community Engagement Director Americans for Prosperity

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

Diversity & Inclusion Advisor

Catherine Pederson
Catherine Pederson

Founder & Executive Director of Loving Venti

Peter Borg
Peter Borg

Consulting Historian

Steven Olikara
Steven Olikara

Founder of Millennial Action Project

Keith Stanley
Keith Stanley

Executive Director of Near West Side Partners, Inc.

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