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Chester County OIC salutes the achievements of Khalil Knight, the first participant in our new SOAR Reintegration Program!

Khalil came to Chester County OIC through Better Tomorrows which serves the Regency Park community.  He had just returned home last fall, and was in search of reliable job with transportation support to help pay his fines.  He really just wanted a chance to grow and succeed. With the help of our dedicated team, Khalil attended all of his appointments and met all of the program requirements, and is now enrolled in the FRESHStart Kitchen at the Chester County Food Bank!  This 14-week culinary training program results in sustainable employment in the food service industry. FRESH is an acronym for Focusing Resources on Employment, Self-Sufficiency and Health.

Chester County OIC is dedicated to “Helping People Help Themselves.”  Through SOAR, which stands for Skills, Opportunities, Achievement, and Responsibility, we support young adults who have been involved in the criminal justice system to get training and find employment that leads to self-sufficiency.  Our holistic, trauma informed care approach helps our program participants overcome barriers to set and achieve their goals.

Khalil Knight, the first participant in our new SOAR Reintegration Program working at Chester County Food Bank FRESHstart program.

Khalil has continuously expressed his excitement about being involved with Chester County OIC and FRESHStart Kitchen, stating “Yes, I finally have things to look forward to!”  Over just a few months of working with the SOAR team, he has shown tremendous motivation and dedication to his own personal and professional development.  Khalil is on the track to lifelong success!

Joyce Chester, President & CEO, said, “We look forward to the great things Khalil will do, and to fostering more networks and support systems so that many, many more people in Coatesville and Chester County at-large can come to us to improve their lives.”

For more information about the FRESHStart Kitchen at the Chester County Food Bank, please visit

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West Chester Rotary Club Annual Fruit Sale

The beneficiary of the West Chester Rotary Club 2019 Fruit Sale is none other than Chester County OIC. Funds raised will help support our GED Prep program — instructional staff, books, supplies, and student transportation.

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Woman of the Year

Joyce Chester, President & CEO, Chester County OIC

We are proud to say that this year our very own Joyce Chester, President and CEO of Chester County OIC, has been chosen as Woman of the Year. The recipient of Woman of the Year exemplifies outstanding contributions in the community through exemplary service. Congratulations, Joyce! We couldn’t think of a more worthy leader to receive this honor.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority will be hosting their Finer Womanhood: High Tea on Saturday, March 16, 2019. This year’s High Tea will be held on the campus of West Chester University at Sykes Student Union 110 W. Rosedale Avenue West Chester, PA 19382 at 12pm. Finer Womanhood is an annual national observance of the Sorority that is celebrated from the last full week in February to the end of March. Every year since 1923 members of Zeta Phi Beta all over the world have annually devoted a special time to identifying and shining a light on women, youth and organizations who express the ideals of the sorority and have used their lives to leave an indelible impression on society 


"I want to thank the board of directors, our dedicated staff, funding sources and partners, and Chester County residents for embracing the Chester County OIC mission."



Jose Matthews

...Besides his work at Brandywine Hospital, Jose is currently a campaign aide for a candidate running for the Delaware State Senate. He’s also active in his local school community advocating for disadvantaged populations and proposing ideas to facilitate a quality education for all students....

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