Being an ex-offender was making it difficult for Andre Brooks to find work; he received guidance from 2nd Chances and is now gainfully employed, reports The Tennessean. The mission of 2nd Chances, a nonprofit organization in Nashville, is to help clients move on with their lives after being incarcerated. The support comes in many forms, including giving the men a $100 certificate to shop at Wal-Mart for clothes and providing gas money so they can seek work.
“Andre spent his four years in prison for robbery, and after he was released, he had a hard time finding a job,” said the group’s Tonya Sherrell. “Many people just won’t deal with men who are ex-offenders, but Andre was determined not to go back to prison.” Brooks heard about 2nd Chances while attending a service at Temple Baptist Church. He has been honored as 2nd Chances’ achiever of the year. [Editor’s note: some media critics complain that journalists never report on former inmates who succeed.]