our Mission

To disrupt the cycles of incarceration and poverty by helping people find their way to self-sufficiency.


Our Vision

Second Chance is the most effective solution for reducing recidivism, unemployment and homelessness; empowering our participants to make sustainable personal changes that positively impact society. 

Values Statement: Second Chance CARES

Clients First: All programming begins from a position of respect for our clients’ needs.
Always Authentic: Our work is driven by knowledge of and empathy for our clients’ experiences.
Research Matters: We are committed to leveraging current research, evidence-based practices and assessing outcomes.
Employment is Key: Through improved self-esteem and personal responsibility, our clients gain employment and become positive contributors to society.
Systematic Approach: We conduct an integrated and systematic approach to fulfilling our mission.

Job Readiness Training Program Graduation Ceremony

Second Chance carries out its mission by providing workforce readiness training and job placement programs to youth and adults.  Second Chance also delivers wrap-around services including transitional housing, behavioral health treatment and financial literacy to help our participants reach self-sufficiency.

Our nationally known Job Readiness Training program develops appropriate workplace behavior, effective interviewing techniques, job search skills, and a positive outlook toward working and building a career.

Each year, nearly 80 percent of Second Chance graduates find employment within six months of completing workforce training. After two years, 70 percent are still employed.

These life transformations mean a more stable community, a reduction in government costs, and a powerful response to California’s prison realignment program.

The community can support Second Chance in any of the following ways:

  • Make a monetary donation
  • Hire a graduate
  • Join the $599 Club