Our mission is to reduce recidivism and rebuild lives through the dignity of work.


What if a child grows up never seeing anyone in the home go to work? They learn to await a government check in the mail—a check that is never going to be enough. Too many of those children feel hopeless and soon fall into escalating crime.

People who haven’t seen the value of work in their lives, and do not understand the foundation of economic security that employment can bring, have no “map” for a successful future, and thousands without this rudder of work, end up in our jails and prisons. They do not know this unassailable fact: We all need work.

"No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." — Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader, Baptist minister (1929 – 1968)

What does the Bible say about work?  

Even if you're not a Christian, consider the following words of wisdom that were written more than 2,000 years ago.

In Genesis 3:19 God tells Adam, “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread.” Later in the Bible, (2 Thessalonians 3:10) it is stated even more clearly, “If you are unwilling to work, you will not eat.” So, provision is a key reason to have and keep a job.

But there is so much more than provision that benefits the working man or woman - especially one that has come back to his or her family after incarceration. 1 Timothy 5:8 says, "But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

Ephesians 4:28 tells us, "Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need." And Proverbs 10:4 says, "Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth."

Related to how we are to perform our work, Colossians 23-24 says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."

For more words of wisdom on this subject, search the word "work" in the Bible.

"Work and family are at the center of our lives, the foundation of our dignity as a free people." — Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, politician, actor (1911 - 2004)


Eating food that you can’t pay for, denying health care issues of your children for lack of funds, having no where to go every day, all day, do not earn respect. Without a job, the returning ex-offender is a financial and emotional drag on the family, one more person who needs food, clothing, and transportation, but with no way to support his/her needs. Many have lost all standing with their relatives and find they are totally alone and unwelcome. But the reentrant who gets a job, who supports his children, and provides meaningful financial support, can quickly become a respected and valued member of the family once again. He/She can regain their self-esteem. 


It is the satisfaction of a job well done. Whether you’ve designed a rocket, or cleaned a floor, pride in doing one’s best is not only fulfilling, it is essential to mental health and wellbeing, say psychologists, because every job has value, every job helps someone, and every person is gifted with strength and talent for some kind of work. Ecclesiastes reports, “It is good and proper for a man... to find satisfaction in his labor.” People with pride in their work produce exceptional results.

"It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man."  Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, author, political theorist, politician, postmaster, printer, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, diplomat, (1706 - 1790)

Job Preparation Training

Our Jobs for Life training is a course used all over the world. It teaches that we are made for work, that work blesses our lives. The course teaches understanding of the “workplace culture” of teamwork and productivity, easing the transition from “prison culture” that is deeply ingrained in a person who spends year after year of life in a high stress, confrontational atmosphere.

With training and some help, reentrants can obtain a good job, that pays a living wage, that will lead them to success, respect, pride, and re-gained self-esteem. In one study a good job found quickly after release from incarceration reduced recidivism to zero. We’re not claiming zero. But for so, so many reentrants this is the beginning of new life—a life that is being healed, a life that is providing a map for future generations about the virtue and dignity of work, and a map that will reduce not only recidivism, but also, over time, the number of those who live in poverty.

Career Assesment

Each person has different interests that cause them to enjoy doing one type of job and to dislike doing another. To find out what type of work you are best suited for, take the free O*NET Interest Profiler Career Assessment, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, now. 

Contact Information

2nd Chance Indiana
241 West 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208


Our Mission

Our mission is to reduce recidivism and rebuild lives through the dignity of work.