Time Management – Money Management – Anger Management – Household Maintenance – Parenting Skills – Job Readiness Skills – Health Awareness – Communication Skills
“Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach them how to fish and they feed themselves for life” is more than just a saying for us. It is exactly why the main aim of Second Chance is to offer life management skills training to help a disadvantaged population gain skills and confidence to break the pattern of dependency and depression.
We have found that by exposing our clients to strategies to manage their finances, time, and negative emotions as well as developing communication, employment, and parenting skills, they are better equipped and more motivated to become self-sufficient and actively and positively control their future.
The celebratory events we organize such as the Women’s Conference, Collard Green Cook-Off, Black History Month Celebrations, and Graduation Ceremonies all help build confidence and reinforce the strength in the skills and sense of community our clients gain from attending the life management-training program.
We partner with other organizations such as SPARCC (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center), and the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County to augment the counseling and classes offered by SCLO.
By attending SCLO classes, clients are eligible for the Holiday Assistance programs that include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter food/gift baskets, back-to-school supplies, youth programs, and baby supplies distributions. However, we don’t believe in hand outs. That’s why participants in our formal assistance programs must attend life skill classes, create a household budget, and submit an application to receive food baskets, gifts, and other items. The great news is that most of our clients participate in the holiday assistance program only twice. By the third year, most have acquired the skills needed to appropriately budget for the holidays.