Our Solution

2nd Opportunity’s programming is geared toward anyone who has experienced a life-changing setback and wants to start down a new path, as well as the family members and friends looking to support them. While many individuals will fall into more than one group, we suggest you select the one that is currently presenting the most challenges in your or your loved one’s life.

In addition to individuals, we work with like-minded organizations to provide our programming to their populations and work with employers to raise awareness about hiring from traditionally marginalized groups.

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"Who is going to hire me with a criminal record? How can I make a living wage to support myself and my family? "

THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOU ARE:

FORMERLY

INCARSERATED

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"How can I find purpose in my life and cope with everyday challenges without drugs and alcohol?"

THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOU ARE:

IN RECOVERY FOR SUBSTANCE

ABUSE

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"What program can reach my child or the youth population my organization serves?"

THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOU ARE:

AT RISK OR JUSTICE

IMPACTED YOUTH

WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU GET STARTED

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"How can I better understand and help my loved one as they seek to build a new life?"

THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOU ARE:

A SUPPORTIVE FAMILY MEMBER

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"Does 2nd Opportunity’s programming bring value to the mission of my organization?"

THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOU ARE:

AN ENGAGED ORGANIZATION

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"I want to commit to hiring people with a background, but I don’t know where to start. Can you help?"

THIS IS FOR YOU IF YOU ARE:

AN EMPLOYER THAT

SEES POTENTIAL

Recent Success Stories

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Having spent years stuck in the vicious cycle of jail and rehab, Mike M. now believes that ‘anything is possible’ after taking 2nd Opportunity’s re-entry, financial literacy, and goal-setting classes during a stint in Kane County Jail.

Despite the challenges, Chicago business owner Tom Decker is on a mission to turn individuals with a background into committed, loyal employees.

Incarcerated for drug-related crimes, Peter Hoistad focuses on shaping the next chapter of his life–one hurdle at a time.

Incarcerated for a Survival Crime, Willette Benford Learns She Was Meant to Thrive