My experience with Second Chance Last Opportunity over this past year has been nothing but amazing for me and my family. I have gone through many obstacles throughout this past year not just with my children but also with work and they have stood by me every step of the way.
When I first moved into this neighborhood and learned of Mrs. April in the program she provides I was a little nervous and worried about sharing the struggles I was going through with the children.
And once I did open up to Mrs. April not only did she comfort me but she made me feel like I was at home and made my children feel as if they were family every single time we came it was not just a hello it was a hello followed by a hug and she knew them by name not many people can say that and I’m not saying that it’s needed but it is definitely appreciated.
There are many volunteers that work towards providing everyone in the community with long hot days followed by Cold nights these men and women have stood out here to provide and give.
Not long after getting involved with second Chance last opportunity did I discover something amazing – it gave me chills once I realized who her brother was. A man who is not only saved my life once but multiple times in my late teens, one who also walked my mother and grandfather through hard times in our life as well as giving me life lessons for the future Derek Jones. It all made sense why every time I was near Mrs. April I felt safe like a security blanket it then all made sense to me it was meant to be. I am a strong believer in everything happens for a reason and the paths we take lead us to our future destinations.
Through holidays, birthdays, and daily events I have had my community here to help me through every step of the way, and to the founder of all this greatness, I just want to say from the bottom of my heart how appreciative I and my family and children are off having you in our lives!
SHE HAS PROVIDED ME WITH DIFFERENT LIFE LESSON CLASSES WOMEN EMPOWERMENT SEWING CLASSES EVENTS FOR THE CHILDREN THE LIST GOES ON AND I KNOW SOME MIGHT SAY OH THERE’S NO TIME IN THE DAY FOR THAT, I WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE BUT WHEN YOU MAKE TIME FOR IT AND YOU GO FOR THAT 30 MINUTES TO AN HOUR IT MAKES A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE IN YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES BECAUSE IT GIVES YOU THAT SMALL AMOUNT OF TIME OF PEACE OF MIND FOR YOURSELF I RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE.
There is so much I can say about this woman and her program and all her volunteers the list would go for days but I’ll leave it on a beautiful note by saying ” We are STRONG We are BEAUTIFUL We are WORTH IT!” ALWAYS HAVE FAITH IN WHAT YOU’RE DOING, BELIEVE IN WHO YOU CAN BECOME, ACHIEVE GREATNESS.
SCLO has done so much for me and my family. April Glasco is the most amazing woman I’ve ever met! I started going to the diaper drives about a year ago. I was a new mom, by myself, struggling to provide my daughter with everything she needed. SCLO helped me out with diapers, wipes, clothes, toys, hygiene products, and food! Right before Christmas time, I participated in the on-the-job training, where I learned helpful tools for success and was given a payment that enabled me to pay off some of my bills and for once not be behind and struggling. SCLO held a thanksgiving food drive and without it, my family wouldn’t have had the means to have our thanksgiving dinner.
SCLO also held a Christmas event where my daughter was able to meet Santa and they not only gave my daughter Christmas presents but they gave me Christmas presents as well. I’m tearing up writing this because without April and SCLO I wouldn’t have been able to give my child the Christmas or my family the thanksgiving they deserved. I joined the women’s empowerment class where we met over zoom, and it has given me inspiration and motivation, and helpful tools to deal with depression and hard times. All the ladies met for a “girls night out” and we were told to dress to impress. It has been so long since I had a reason to dress up and feel good about myself. I made some friends and of course, Miss April blessed us with her words of wisdom and motivation. Just recently on Good Friday, there was a diaper drive I attended, along with the usual baby supplies they had pizzas, ice creams, music, and a bubble machine along with a man making big bubbles for the kids. We stayed for a while and had our lunch and our treat while my daughter excitedly watched the bubbles. We had such a great afternoon and seeing the joy in my daughter’s face was priceless.
When you don’t have a lot of money to do fun things with your kids, moments like this are a blessing. It’s been a year since I first met Miss April and came to SCLO for help. I’m in a much better place now than I was before. I’ve left toxic relationships, I have more self-worth and motivation. I just started a job full time and SCLO has helped keep my family fed, clothed and has made such a difference in our lives. I owe this place my life! SCLO has such a huge impact on the community. Miss April has the biggest heart and life to help bring women up to be the best they can be for themselves and their children. I know Miss April has touched the hearts of so many families and children. I’m blessed to have ever stepped foot in those doors and to get to know Miss April.