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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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Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center is a non-profit community- based organization that has been meeting the needs of the economically disadvantaged individuals throughout the community. 


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