What We Offer

The goal of Second Chance Center, Inc. is to provide critical transition services and support to men and women after periods of incarceration. Traditional approaches to re-entry transition have widely varying outcomes. Second Chance Center offers clients multiple services to assist their transition to success and fulfillment. The primary offerings to individuals are:

 

Breakthrough Career Pathways Collaborative (BCPC)- This Dept. of Labor grant involves more than a dozen non-profit and government agencies including The Empowerment Program,  St. Francis Center Employment Services, Bayaud Enterprises,The Conflict Center, Emily Griffith Technical College, Colorado Construction Institute, International Environmental and Safety Institute, the Denver Office of Economic Development, Goodwill Industries, the Arapahoe and Denver County Workforce Centers, Colorado Community Corrections and the Colorado Department of Public Safety. It provides an opportunity for vocational and secondary training for men and women housed in community corrections (halfway houses), on ISP (ankle bracelet) or sheriff’s home detention. Expanding the career visions and earning opportunities for returning citizens is the additional goal this program adds to SCC transition efforts.

CDOC-WAGEES II grant is a pioneering collaboration between the Colorado Department of Corrections and community based reentry organizations, as a result of the passing of HB 1355 in June 2014. SCC, as a non-governmental community re-entry program staffed by several persons previously incarcerated by CDOC and other federal corrections facilities, makes this pairing even more historic. This grant program is geared towards providing transition assistance for Medium to High Risk paroles referred by the CDOC Division of Adult Parole.

 

Cognitive Restructuring

Usually conducted in a group setting on a weekly basis. This is a program with cognitive behavior change curriculum offered as a means of challenging criminal thinking, learning to identify and compensating for thinking errors while developing new coping skills. Read more …

 

Addictions Counseling and Support Groups

Second Chance Center emphasizes weekly support groups offering guidance in developing strong recovery and relapse prevention plans. Also, one-on-one counseling is available and in response to emergencies. Read more …

 

Mentoring and Motivational Interviewing

This is a critical part of “Discovery”, the initial assessment process, grouping participant’s interests, readiness, or commitment to the change process. Read more …

 

Employment Preparation

This program will prepare participants to re—enter the job market with competence and confidence. Resume building, basic computer skills, interview preparation, and Application 101 will be included in these services. Read more …

 

Healthy Relationship Groups

Weekly group meetings are available for men and women to help develop improved communication, conflict resolution, and parenting skills. Read more …

 

Transportation Assist

Program participants will receive tokens and ride passes for a limited amount of bus passes if meeting or exceeding all participant requirements. Based on availability we also offer participants bicycles for personal transportation.

 

Pre-Release and Parole Plan Development

Because some of these services will be initially provided for many participants while still incarcerated in Colorado, we will also address pre-release planning and development of a parole plan.

Pre-release individual mentoring is being provided (where possible i.e. in Colorado Department of Corrections prisons, county jails and Community Corrections/halfway house facilities) to assess the participant’s risk and needs and to develop a transition plan, including the identification of re-entry resources.

Post-release case management is supplemented by both individual and group mentoring. Groups encourage the significant changes required to curtail self-sabotage and episodes of criminality and violence (including gang activities), maintain sobriety, and aid in the successful transition successfully.

 

Emergency Housing

Housing is a critical need for the re-entry population served by Second Chance Center. To be able to financially assist up to 60 participants a year with 90 to 180 days of housing is identified as a major goal for us to achieve and is incorporated in our long-term fund raising activities.

 

Never Going Back !!