There are many second chance stories in progress. Some people
have just realized that they have received a second chance. Others are
in the middle of doing something productive with them. Some have had
success and are finding ways to give back. All are inspiring and motivating in their
Rose Godfrey and her husband, Brian, now produce and sell their own food. The kids pitch in.
Second Chances during recession brings surprising benefits.
are four stories of families who lost jobs or had to close businesses.
Read how they found a new avenue, purpose, or prospective.
As reported in Pinnacle News: "A group of breast cancer survivors are looking to make things a little
easier for those who are newly diagnosed with the disease in San Benito County
by offering a guide to resources as well as support."
Read more in PinnacleNews.com; article by Melissa Flores; photo by Nick Lovejoy.
Terri White belts out songs in Finian's Rainbow, after being homeless and finding her way back to Broadway.
losing her job last fall, Ms. White would sleep one hour and walk one
hour. Officer David Taylor was an helping angel to her by offering
shelter in a friend's unused apartment. Other second chances presented
themselves and she made the most of them all. Now she sings her heart
out on Broadway, back home where she belongs.
Graduates have made it drug-free for a year and get a second chance.
Ramirez, a 2002 graduate spoke to the graduates of this innovative Drug Court program, and said: "I felt hopeless with
what my life was becoming....I gave myself the opportunity just as all of you
have... I am not longer hiding behind the lie of 'Once an addict, always an
The St. Charles Republican reported that "Ramirez
now has a job working with recovering addicts, has paid off $20,000 in child
support, went to college and mostly importantly, has stayed clean."