San Diego CA— Second Chance received a $90,000 grant to provide stable sober-living housing, job training, and reentry services for formerly incarcerated adults.
The grant, awarded by the Lucky Duck Foundation, will provide resources for newly released adults who would otherwise be homeless.
Formerly incarcerated individuals are almost ten times more likely to be homeless than the general public. For this reason, Second Chance owns and operates five transitional sober-living homes. These supervised alcohol/substance-free properties provide a safe, stable living environment. Structure, staff and peer-driven accountability inspires personal responsibility, restores self-esteem and eliminates isolation by creating a community atmosphere with the ultimate goal of independent living.
Residents supported by the Lucky Duck Foundation grant will also participate in Second Chance’s Job Readiness Training program. This four week course helps each person overcome obstacles to employment by developing the knowledge, confidence, and life-skills essential to success in the job market and society. More than 90% of graduates secure full-time employment within 30 days of completing the program.
Robert Coleman, President and CEO of Second Chance shares, “Lucky Duck Foundation’s generous donation is a new opportunity to respond to the needs of the justice-involved community in San Diego. An estimated 20% of adults participating in Second Chance’s Job Readiness Training program report being homeless. This impactful donation will offer them safe, sober-living housing, training, and support they need as they start the journey to self sufficiency.”
Drew Moser, Executive Director of the Lucky Duck Foundation, says, “This initiative is designed to connect individuals experiencing homelessness to employment and job training opportunities to help them re-enter the workforce. We are excited to support the expansion of Second Chance’s Job Readiness Training program and the important work they do.”
About Second Chance Program
Second Chance is dedicated to helping formerly incarcerated individuals achieve sobriety, economic prosperity and self-sufficiency. This is done through education, encouragement, specialized training and supportive services which address issues such as behavioral health, housing, transportation and substance abuse. Second Chance offers specialized workforce readiness training, sober-living housing, educational programs and support services. Second Chance disrupts the cycles of incarceration and poverty by helping people find their way to self-sufficiency. Learn more at https://www.secondchanceprogram.org.