Established in 2012, Second Chance Center, Inc. (SCC) is a Colorado based nonprofit organization determined to be the state’s premier community re-entry program and a model for the nation. SCC offers case management, mentoring, and vital resources to assist formerly incarcerated individuals in reestablishing their lives and becoming successful members of the community.
The cycle of criminal behavior is difficult to break and often involves a comprehensive approach to address a host of issues, including but not limited to substance abuse, violence, trauma and socioeconomic factors.
Our clients are often unaware of the impact these factors have had on the course of their lives and their ability to actively choose a better path, which is why we mentor our clients to wisely navigate their unique needs and circumstances and help them make the most of their second chance.
Led by the resolute vision of Founder, Hassan A. Latif, our team of caring professionals offer education, assistance, support, and resources to the formerly incarcerated. SCC is transforming lives as they lower recidivism* and positively impact the community.
*A national metric monitored by the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership
"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited to long to make."
- Lewis Carroll
Our goal is to help formerly incarcerated people transition to lives of success and fulfillment.
We provide the formerly incarcerated, and their network, with education, resources, and support to successfully re-enter the community and cultivate a rewarding life.
We are determined to reduce recidivism rates and protect future generations from the continuing cycle of incarceration.
We aim to transform the futures of formerly incarcerated people and how they are viewed in our country by reversing the negative impact of incarceration on communities and encouraging life-changing habits.
Our Core Values
We selflessly embrace all with love and hope.
We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of honesty and transparency.
We treat all people with respect, kindness, and compassion.
We advocate for increased assistance, fair treatment, and equitable laws for returning citizens.
We practice resilience through adversity.
We provide formerly incarcerated people with various essentials for community reintegration and public safety.
Khalil A.Halim, is an ex Army veteran who has dedicated his life to service. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems Management, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Khalil was Deputy Director at It Takes a Village before coming to SCC. His tenure at It Takes a Village lasted for 12 years.
During these years, Khalil served on the Mayor’s Office of HIV Resources Planning Council (Denver), served as Chair of Priorities Setting and Allocation Committee, was appointed by the Governor to Colorado HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (CHAPP) Grant Review Committee, implemented and oversaw one of Aurora’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Project (HPRP) as well provided one on one counseling and group level intervention counseling at It Takes a Village.
Khalil, who also sat as a founding member on Second Chance Center’s Board of Directors for 7 years, has stepped into the role as Second Chance Center's Executive Director. Somehow he still finds the time to earn an iconic urban name in the DJ game.
What most wouldn’t know about is the critically important mentorship and guidance he provided to a man desperately looking for the transitional answers to some troubling lifelong questions. Listening intently, and watching his example, was key to SCC’s Founder getting his own second chance at life.
Our Board of Directors
ROBYN T. WILLIAMS
Attorney, Devlin Law Firm
Account Management, Colorado Housing & Finance Authority
RHODA M. BLOUGH
Stewardship Consultant, Everence Financial
Human Resources Director, Jefferson County
Retirement Education Specialist, ICMA-RX Retirement
Primary Care Officer, Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment
REBECCA RIVERA-SERRANO, ED.D.
Affiliate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Financial Advisor, Capstone Investment Financial Group