I've been a Board member with My Second Chance, Inc. for over four r years now and it has been a Most Rewarding experience. It gives me Great joy to see the women come in hopeless and the transformation that takes place while living at MSC is AWESOME! I mean from the littlest of things from the learning that they do matter and can begin again/anew by actively participating in the many things we offer from going back to school, learning about banking and how to create and maintain a budget, to gardening and a couple of my favorites are the Purse, jewelry and cookie exchange! I always say I am only going to donate, but I always leave with a few new purses and some jewelry. It has been most humbling and yet rewarding to be apart of such a great organization. I've seen many women come through here and learn to be self sufficient and sustain a new life beyond the doors of My Second Chance, Inc.
From the beginning, I've witnessed a Vision become a reality! To see the passion someone has for helping oters after the trasnformation in their own life. The women are very grateful that their is someone who actually believes they deserve a "A Second Chance" and is willing to provide an environment with resources that allows for such an opportunity. The choices are very limited these days as to where one can go after becoming labeled in the judicial system and receive "Quality help" and not have to be reminded on a daily basis that you made a bad decision and that's all life has to offer. Someone who understands that a bad decision should not prevent you from being able to be to make better choices and to be in a positive environment that focuses on the future not the past. Teaches you to be accountable for your actions and prepare you to make better choices and become a productive member of society. To see the transformation of the women who come in feeling hopeless, grow and start to believe in themselves and develop better communication skills. From the little things to paying their on bills, doing chores, coming off the busline to being a owner of their own vehicle. Small yet significant life experiences for some who once thought they didn't deserve to succeed. And then they come back and give back to others who come after them, to share their journey with others to let them know they too can make a change and begin again to be better mothers, daughters, and sisters.
I am a current board member of My Second Chance Inc and I must say that I am honored and proud to be a part of the dream of it's founder and director. I have witnessed firsthand the impact this organazation has had on the population it serves. I have witnessed the lives it has changed. The graduation services alone for the supportive housing program are a testament of it's impact on the lives of it's women. Seeing the women enter the program and watching them complete it and graduate is amazing. I plan to be a part of this organization as long as I am allowed to be.