CONTACT VISITS’ founder and Executive Director Lamont Carey created CONTACT VISITS on June 7, 2001. Mr. Carey developed the idea to form this company while serving his own multi-year prison term in the United States Penitentiary Allenwood Complex in White Deer, Pennsylvania. When preparing for release, Mr. Carey took classes in business management and non-profit management, marketing, accounting, finance, and other business-related topics. Additionally, he was offered stress management, anger management, decision-making, substance abuse prevention, life skills, and other courses related to preparing to re-enter society that were not effective. In December 2003, Mr. Carey applied for non-profit status for CONTACT VISITS from the IRS.
Once Mr. Carey acquired his non-profit status, he found the task of securing funding more complicated than expected. He decided that he would turn his passion for the arts into a business in an effort to raise the money to fund his programs. This idea gave birth to LaCarey Enterprises, LLC. Through LaCarey, he motivates audiences, performs spoken-word, directs stage-plays & films, released a CD and several books he had written. The books range from fiction to non-fiction. Their focus is consistent with his messages of using your past experiences to create opportunities for others and yourselves.
Mr. Carey’s first responsibility with CONTACT VISITS was to develop more effective programs that address the needs and issues surrounding soon-to-be released felons, ex-convicts, and troubled youth. He is additionally responsible for the daily management of all CONTACT VISITS operations, finding the locations for all three facilities, hiring and managing staff, grant writing and fundraising, bookkeeping, contract management, public relations, and interaction with federal and local government agencies as well as other non-profit service providers, budgeting, sourcing of training and educational personnel, creation of curriculum programs, and marketing for CONTACT VISITS.