A second chance

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Another brave young woman spoke out this week, this time about being in conflict with the law. Michelle Gabriel of Kippens talked about being in a place that was very difficult for her and committing a minor crime that ended up getting her in trouble.

At the time she felt she had no other option and what she did was in support of her children, but later realized she was headed down the wrong path in doing what she done.

Gabriel ended up under the support of the John Howard Society and the Horizons Program that the organization offers. Through a number of different courses offered within that program and now into a work environment, this young woman has really found a horizon.

At the end of her work term, she plans on attending college and getting into a business program that will further assist her into becoming an active and productive member of society.

The John Howard Society supports a lot of people who have been in conflict with the law on a number of different levels and stories like those told by Gabriel are heartwarming when you see someone changing their life around.

While that is not always the case, as some who get involved in programs at times turn back to crime; but for those who accept the help and make the change, it’s just great.

The John Howard Society is proud of the community support they receive in Stephenville and area by businesses that are open to employing people who have been in conflict with the law, once they complete a number of programs.

John Howard Society Week takes place from Feb. 9-15 and it’s a time for that organization to highlight the things they do and programs they offer and to reflect on the progress they have made for yet another year.

No doubt like most organizations the society has challenges, including cutbacks they have suffered in the past year. Hopefully, they will still be able to continue to assist their clients in a meaningful way because those who are willing to accept help deserve a second chance.

Organizations: John Howard Society

Geographic location: Stephenville

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