Giving men a second chance

Second Chance has been helping men end their addictions to alcohol and drugs since 1990

The colder weather we’ve been having calls for snuggly wool sweaters, toasty warm jackets and hand knit scarves made with TLC to keep the chill at bay.

Unfortunately many of the clients at Second Chance Recovery House often arrive without those things, so donations are greatly needed. New or clean, gently used winter coats, vests, sweaters, toques, gloves, scarves and slippers can be dropped off at 647 Birch St or phone 250-830-1103 to arrange for pick up.

Second Chance has been helping men end their addictions to alcohol and drugs since 1990. In the past year they helped more than 160 men. Clients can do a 28 or 45 day program, during which the men are introduced to the first three steps and first three traditions of the 12-step recovery program. They also learn about boundaries, life skills, co-dependency, mindfulness, self-esteem, relapse triggers and anger management. The men are required to attend five out-of-house AA or NA meetings in the community as well.

They are also connected with Mental Health and Substance Use, dentists, liver and diabetes clinics, Laichwiltach Family Life Society, North Island Survivors’ Healing Society and other counsellors, Legal Aid and the local probation office. Second Chance helps the men find a safe place to live when they finish their 28/45 days.

Second Chance is also accepting donations of Christmas gifts at this time. Suggested items include: new shirts, track or sleep pants, hoodies, socks, underwear, razors, deodorant, shaving cream, shampoo, soap, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, slippers, wallets, coffee shop gift cards, gum, nail clippers, chocolate, playing cards, travel coffee mugs, back packs, mini flashlights, crossword/find a word/Sudoku books and pocket calendars/daytimers.