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Our Mission Statement

To provide hope, encouragement, and mentorship for individuals to transition, from incarceration and/or homelessness, into healthy & productive community citizens.


About 2nd Chance House

The biggest challenges individuals face, once released from incarceration, are housing, employment, and transportation. It’s hard for individuals to find hope and develop a sustainable reentry plan if they have nowhere to call home. A home provides safety, security, sustainability, and cultivates a sense of responsibility, belonging, and pride. Employment allows individuals to sustain their homes, set goals, and provides monetary resources for individual autonomy and personal growth. Transportation provides freedom and empowers individuals to broaden boundaries and limitations. Our role, to fulfill the mission of 2nd Chance House Ministries, is to disciple individuals to experience God’s love, faithfulness, and blessings by working with mentors, transition coaches and benefactors, in ministry to their worldly needs. 2nd Chance House Ministries has been blessed with two transitional homes, located at 1029 Pottawatomie and 414 Pottawatomie, Leavenworth, Kansas. Each home has an appointed House Manager resident and residents work together to make their living accommodations a home.


People Behind 2nd Chance House

Jessica and Jermaine Wilson
Jessica and Jermaine Wilson

I understand the challenges and barriers individuals go through once release from prison. Seven years of my life I was incarcerated. Four years in Juvenile Corrections and three years in prison. The transition from the correctional system into society is very challenging. The system attempts to prepare returning citizens for society, but the system doesn’t prepare society for returning citizens. Therefore upon release, it's very difficult to find employment, transportation, and most of all housing. How can an individual succeed, if you don’t have a support system and you're being released to the streets with nothing? There’s a very high percentage chance that you’ll be returning back to prison. As a society, we must learn to reprogram our thinking. If we are not helping people, then we are hurting people. We must remove those stigmas and labels and look at individuals as people and not as convicts. 

Success only comes to those individuals who’ve learned from their mistakes and given another chance. As human beings, we’ve all made mistakes in life and fallen short of the glory of God. As we ask for forgiveness of our sins and the mistakes we made, God forgives us and gives us another chance. With the same grace that God gives us, we should give to other people. During my time in prison, I became a believer in Christ. I made the decision that I would no longer indulge in criminal activities. I studied the Bible, educated myself, and prepared myself to where I was going in life, my destination was a success. After being released from Prison I paroled to my son’s mother Jessica, my support system. Finding employment was challenging, with no transportation and with a criminal record. Many doors were closed but because I had a support system, I didn’t give up. After diligently searching, I found employment. I discovered my purpose in prison, my purpose was to serve. I started serving inside of my church and serving my community. The more I served the more God was blessing me. After successfully completing my parole, I became a mentor in the Lansing Correctional facility, the same prison where I spent 3 years of my life. I wanted to bring hope to those who felt hopeless. After 5 years of being released, I expunged my criminal record and started a non-profit organization called Unity in the Community, which lead me to run for City Commission in 2017. I received the most votes and served as the Mayor of Leavenworth, Kansas in 2019. 

My community gave me another chance despite the mistakes I made in my past. Second Chance House Ministries is here to provide second chances, stability, hope, and a future to those we serve. Thank you and God bless.

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Here is what our residents have to say...

<p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Mr. Charles</span>&nbsp;- 2nd Chance House Resident</p>

Mr. Charles - 2nd Chance House Resident

"I don’t know what I would have done without the Wilsons and this transitional house. I am blessed to have met them. Jermaine and Jessica have helped me with everything I needed to make this place into a home. Not only are they friends but they are mentors."
<p><span style="font-weight: 700;">Vernon&nbsp;</span>- 2nd Chance House Resident</p>

Vernon - 2nd Chance House Resident

"The first day I met Jermaine and his wife Jessica, they seen that I was in need, without knowing me they purchased groceries for me and allowed me the opportunity to move into their transitional house. Without this opportunity, I don’t know where I would be. This house is great, everything is remodeled and nice. I want to find employment before I transition back into society. By the way, I really do love this house."
<p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Michael</span>&nbsp;- 2nd Chance House Resident</p>

Michael - 2nd Chance House Resident

"I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be apart of the 2nd Chance house. Upon my released from prison, I was homeless and out of options and resources, so I was more than likely going to fall back into the same lifestyle that sent me to prison. I felt hopeless. But now I have hope. Because of Jermaine and Jessica and the 2nd chance house, I found hope."
<p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Jimmy</span>&nbsp;- 2nd Chance House Resident</p>

Jimmy - 2nd Chance House Resident

"My name is Jimmy. I am a resident at 2nd Chance Transition House. I was first told about Mr. Wilson from my mentor, Mr. Steeger. This was a mere 4 months before my release. Then, as part of re-entry, we were scheduled a meeting. This is where I first, rather briefly, met Mr. Wilson. He spoke of his past, and how it doesn't define him. I thought, I believe that also. Then, the pandemic descended upon us. Mr.Steeger still kept talking to Mr. Wilson, who agreed to let me be a part of his house. Without this, I don't believe I would have as good an opportunity for success. Then, we are so blessed by the kindness and generosity of Leavenworth. County citizens. Truly, being a part of 2nd Chance and Unity in the Community ministry, has quadrupled my chances at success. I have faith-based house mates. Stability and peace beyond imagination."
<p><span style="font-weight: 700;">Mr. Chris&nbsp;</span>- 2nd Chance House Resident</p>

Mr. Chris - 2nd Chance House Resident

Mr. Chris is our newest member of 2nd Chance House Ministries. He has been with us for a month and has already found employment, working in construction. He is a believer of Christ, father of two, and loves serving. This home provides him with accountability, stability, and fellowship needed for his transition back into society.
<p><span style="font-weight: 700;">Shawn&nbsp;</span>- 2nd Chance House Resident</p>

Shawn - 2nd Chance House Resident

Shawn just recently received his driver's license. He has been working diligently these past few months since his released, he has enough money saved where he can purchase a car.
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