Utah: Help us offer smart second chances.
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An open letter on second chances from four neighbors who needed them:
We know how hard it is to change. After attending high school in Springville, Lindon, Tooele and Ogden, we spent long and painful years in our communities struggling with addiction while engaging in various degrees of related criminal behavior.
But we have changed. Each of us has since put the criminal justice system behind and become a contributing citizen rather than a social burden. We know how crucial supportive friends and neighbors were in our recovery, as it is for all who rebuild their lives. And we also know how social stigma and employment barriers can make change harder than it ought to be.
That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to the Apollo 13 Project, online at Youturn.org, a nonprofit with a mission to “help former offenders and their families turn their lives around by persuading communities and employers to offer second chances.”
We have each told our own recovery story here. We encourage you to learn more about where we’ve been, how we became the people we are today, and how you can help others like us turn their lives around.
Ben Aldana, Tina Cabral, Ariann Cook & Scott Gowans
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