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MY SECOND CHANCE INC
August 23, 2013

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.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

maybe make it longer in duration for the transition to get more grounded in the women. Otherwise they have a fantastic program/opportunity.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Board Member

MY SECOND CHANCE INC
December 17, 2009

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the transformation of some of the women. To experience the excitement of getting their first car, opening their own bank account. The excitement in going to a banquet (getting all dressed up in gowns).

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunities they provided for the women to be exposed to things like (planting a garden, having a book club(reading), having someone come in and show them how to create a budget and stick to it! Goal setting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very humble and grateful to be apart of such a wonderful organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open up several other houses to support this great demand. Offer other services like jobs, other educational needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I served as President on BOD. I attended book reviews, and many various activities at the house. helped to mentor the women.