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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



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.



Success Story Submissions

At 2nd Opp, we believe in celebrating triumphs, resilience, and the power of second chances. Our Success Stories page is a testament to the incredible journeys of individuals who have overcome challenges after incarceration and emerged stronger, wiser, and more determined than ever.

Nominate Someone:

Do you know someone whose story deserves to be shared? Someone who has transformed their life and inspired others along the way? We invite you to nominate individuals for our Success Stories page. Whether it's a friend, family member, or someone you've encountered in your community, help us recognize the unsung heroes who have turned their lives around.

Share Your Own Story:

Have you personally experienced a transformative journey after incarceration? Your story could be a beacon of hope for others facing similar challenges. We encourage you to share your own success story and let your voice inspire those who may be on a similar path toward positive change.

Whether you're nominating someone or sharing your own story, please submit a letter using this questionnaire as a reference. Answer as many questions as thoroughly as possible. Should your story be selected to be featured on our page, we will contact you with more information. Thank you for being a part of our mission to celebrate and uplift those who have triumphed over adversity.

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