It has been my privilege to serve as a volunteer with Second Chance Employment Services, and to provide offices in our corporate headquarters. The training and guidance the women receive is of the highest level, the follow-up work is done meticulously, the scheduling of appointments is handled professionally. Nothing is left to chance because there are human resources professionals guiding their every step. These women are sent into the workforce career- ready, and there is a job waiting for them. When they first come to SCES, they truly don't know how they will survive, they have a feeling of worthlessness. All of this has been beaten into them. Here, we see them bloom, we see them believe in themselves, we see them come to the realization that they have value, that they can pull themselves up, pull their families and extended families up. It is an amazing metamorphosis, and I am proud to be a part of it.
I've worked with Ludy Green and Second Chance Employment Services for several years supporting their efforts to empower their clients with financial independence. We have helped with resumes, interviewing skills and ultimately securing employment. This organization treats each client as an individual and knows no bounds in terms of seeking the necessary resources that will prepare them for future success. The respect that this organization demands for the clients ensures they will see themselves differently - as valued, worthy and competent to move out of their current situation to a life where they are safe, productive and able to support themselves and their families.
My experience has been participating in the committee that organizes its annual fundraising gala that raises funds to help meet its annual operating costs. This non-profit has an extremely dedicated and experienced group of supporters who help organize this annual event.
I have known and observed the work that Second Chance Employment Service has done since its inception in 2001. SCES has grown considerably but it has remained steadfast on the most important contribution. SCES provides "real" help for the those in need with the most difficult aspect of the process "the initial break" from the abuser. SCES provides real logistical assistance in helping women make the transition from the abusive environment by bringing them to a place where they can begin the process of healing and building independance. Without the hands on assistance with "breaking free" victims would never be able to start anew.
Second Chance does amazing work, helping women who have been abused becomefinancially independent. I had the privilege of being a job partner with Second Chance to help place some if their clients in positions. The candidates were excellent and well prepared and there was no fee! This is a win win situation for employers. I urge potential employers to partner with Second Chance and be part of this wonderful organization. You will get a great candidate pool and be giving back. I also urge those of you who feel in the Holiday Spirit to send donations. In preparing these women for the positions second chance needs resources.