About

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 Executive Director, 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 Mission

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.

 

Our Vision

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

Love                We selflessly embrace everyone with love and hope

Integrity         We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of honesty                           and transparency

Empathy        We treat all people with respect, kindness and compassion

Social Justice We advocate for increased assistance, fair treatment, and equitable                          laws for returning citizens

Resilience       We seek to role-model resilience in times when trials and                                            tribulations are present

Service            We serve formerly incarcerated people, providing them with an                                  assortment of essentials for community reintegration and public                                safety

Our Team

 

HASSAN A. LATIF

Executive Director

Hassan A. Latif, founded Second Chance Center (2012), a community re-entry agency dedicated to the successful transition of people returning from incarceration. SCC has grown to become the preeminent reentry agency in Colorado, maintaining a recidivism rate of under 9 % for participants involved in SCC programs.

 

Aside from directing the daily activities pertaining to the delivery of client services and the achievement of agency objectives, he conducts mentoring and reentry trainings for government and non-profit service providers nationally, facilitates transition planning sessions in Colorado Department of Corrections facilities statewide and authored the book “Never Going Back: 7 Steps to Staying Out of Prison” (PAPatterson Press 2012) and the curriculum based on same. 

Hassan serves on Governor Polis’s Community Corrections Advisory Council. As well as the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition’s (CCJRC) Board of Directors as its Vice Chair. Likewise, he holds a seat on the Colorado Commission on Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) Reentry Reform and Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems Task Forces and is the Colorado Association of Addictions Professionals 2018 “Excellence in Leadership” award recipient.

Our Board of Directors

JIM LAURIE

Board Chair

Retired EVP, Samaritan Institute

RHODA M. BLOUGH

Stewardship Consultant, Everence Financial

KHALIL HALIM

Deputy Director, It Takes A Village, Inc.

 

HASSAN A. LATIF

Ex Officio

Executive Director, Second Chance Center, Inc.

MARY W. LEWIS

Community Activist

DWIGHT MEYER

RICHARD MARQUEZ

Board Secretary

Primary Care Officer,  Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment

 
DAVID L. OWEN, JR.

Board Vice-Chair
David L. Owen, Jr., P.C.

EBONII SHEAD

Community Relations &Strategic Partnerships

iVise

 
RYAN TURBYFILL

Board Treasurer

Financial Advisor, Capstone Investment Financial Group

ROBYN WILLIAMS
Attorney, Devlin Law Firm

 
Second Chance Center, Inc.

9722 E 16th Ave. Aurora, CO 80010

info@SCCcolorado.org

303-537-5838

HOURS

Mon - Thu: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Fri: Closed

Sat: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sun: Closed

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