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A Second Chance at Life

Finding value where you'd least expect it


There’s something very satisfying about giving new life to something that’s old. Restoring a car or repurposing something for your home is not only the green way to go, it’s also rewarding. But the rewards of a second chance aren’t just for classic coupes tattered furniture.

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The nonprofit organization Second Chance is in the business of deconstructing and recycling old homes. Practically everything found in house, from doors and windows to toilets and sinks, is salvaged and given a new home. “Things that some people don’t find perfect…we find to be the charm of the piece,” says Second Chance president Mark Foster.

But in addition to recognizing the value of old building materials, Second Chance also sees the value in people. That’s why it runs a mentoring program that teaches job training and life skills to formerly unemployed workers. “Not only have I become gainfully employed, it’s helped me to become a better member of society,” says one apprentice.

My Generation gets a first-hand look at those getting a second chance.

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