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The Anchor, Volume 1, Issue 6 August, 2019

The Board Corner

My name is Donna Clark and I am the Vice President of Member Services for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) which is in Fredericksburg, VA. I have been an association executive my whole career. Previously, I worked for the American Bankers Association (ABA) in Washington, D.C. I have been constantly amazed at the volunteerism displayed in member-based organizations. People give selflessly of their time and talents. Several years ago, I took over management of the ATSS Foundation (which we like to refer to as the heart of the association) and I became even more impressed with the way in which people gave back to a cause that they truly believed in.

About a year and a half ago our former communications director introduced me to Juanita and the Fail-Safe ERA organization. I was so impressed with their work and specifically Juanita’s passion. I, as so many others, have family affected by incarceration, and I truly believe that we owe it to society to do our best to try to help those individuals become useful members of society again. I was recently asked to join the Fail-Safe ERA’s Board of Directors and manage their Development and Fundraising Committee - it is a position I do not take lightly. I am hopeful that we can grow this organization so that we can make a positive impact on our community.

Interested in donating to our organization? Give me a call at (540) 850-9869.


Corner of Inspiration

A note is from one of the children who attends our ECHIPS program, that has been affected by incarceration. This month we will be providing school supplies and mindfulness activities to children affected by incarceration.

These events are made possible with Support from Youth in Philanthropy of the Community Foundation


Did You Know?


Past Events

We held our second Right Road Job Training and Placement Program. The lowest score was 92. They are ready to promote roadway safety!!!

Juanita Shanks, Doug Taylor and Shanail Mitchell join Ted Schubel on Town Talk- July 23, 2019 Fail Safe-ERA is ten years old. The organization works with returning citizens after time in jail or prison. We talk about job training, helping children with incarcerated parents and the upcoming gala.


Upcoming Events

to register and learn more please visit our upcoming event page:


10 Year “Center of Hope” Fundraiser Gala and 5th Annual Scholarship Program

Preventing Generations of Incarceration

August 24, 2019

Fredericksburg Expo Center

Social/Vendor Visits/Silent Auction: 6:00 PM

Dinner Program: 7:00 PM


Fredericksburg Mayor Katherine Greenlaw

ATSSA Vice President of Member Services

(Second Chance Employer)

Marcus Hodges

Associate Director of Offender Services

The last day to purchase tickets is August 14.

We are excited about our upcoming 10 Year Anniversary this month. We hope you can help us celebrate on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Fredericksburg Expo Center. The proceeds from this event will support the FailSafe-ERA programs and Center of Hope. It is not too late for you to become a sponsor, purchase tickets, or make a donation.

Thank you to sponsors and donors (we would love to add your name to our list)

Silver Sponsor

American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)

Bronze Sponsors

Johnny and Donna Clark

Terri Hill

April Robertson-Heflin, Affordable Home Loans

Thomas and Janice Boles, B Premier Ventures

Brenda Locke, CTI Real Estate

Verneika Turk, TLCleaning Services

Tisha Johnson,Orleans Bistro & Grill

Delegate John McGuire

Melissa Brown, Pinnacle Treatment Centers

Table Sponsors

Strong Tower Ministries

Karen Harris

Bobby Anderson

Debra Mason


Monica Ollivierre

Juanita Smith

Sandra Young

Joyce Lewis


Kim Cummings, NPHC-Fredericksburg

Charissa McCall, Rissa’s Jewelry Box

Sara Putnam, Color Street

Linda Carter, Plexus

Dena Marie-Smith, Monat

Michelle Caldwell Thompson, CTI Real Estate

Becky Wagner

Johnetta Johnson Hooper, The Prosperity Mission


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