Second Chance Jobs Program – Participant Profiles

For a New Friends New Life protégé, building a legitimate and stable job history is crucial to getting out of the commercial sex industry and changing her life—and the lives of her children—for the better. New Friends New Life partners with companies throughout North Texas to offer employment opportunities to members; positions range from part-time jobs and internships to permanent full-time positions.

To learn more about how the program is impacting members today, read on for some insight from our program participants!

Alice*

How long have you been in your current job?

I have been in my current job for one year.

What has been the biggest adjustment so far?

My biggest adjustment has been understanding corporate business processes and the importance of business relationships.

What has been the most rewarding part of this job so far?

The most rewarding part of this job has been the spiritual implementation, which has allowed me grow.

What advice would you give to women who are interested in participating in the Second Chance Jobs Program?

The Second Chance Jobs Program is an invaluable opportunity for us to gain skills and build relationships. These opportunities are essential for women who have made the most important decision in their lives, which is “starting over.”

Sandra*

How long have you been in your current job?

Nine months, including my internship.

What has been the biggest adjustment so far?

There has not been really an adjustment; I am really enjoying being me and having my second chance.

What has been the most rewarding part of this job so far?

Being part of a team and showing it in my work and with the staff.

What advice would you give to women who are interested in participating in the Second Chance Jobs Program?

I say you are never too old to start life, and to learn. There are companies out there that are willing to give women who want to change their lives a second chance on living and learning how to be independent and responsible by giving them work.

If your organization would like to participate in the Second Chance Job Program by offering employment to a New Friends New Life member, please contact Kelly Cruse.

*Name changed for confidentiality