At TwoCor we believe that building relationships, providing hope, teaching job skills and providing work opportunities corrects the course of more troubled lives than the fear of negative consequences. Frequently it takes more than just a second chance to make the change.
The story of a former TwoCor youth who recently stole a computer from our multi-media lab illustrates this point. The young man was in and out of youth services since the age of twelve and had just completed 6 years in prison. Instead of pressing charges TwoCor asked the police to contact the youth and have him call us. The next day the youth confessed to stealing the computer. We gave him the opportunity to return it to us or work it off. He bought the computer back from the pawn shop and returned it to the office.
Six years after leaving TwoCor he felt blessed that we continue to help him after others had given up. His parents kicked him out of the house after he violated their rules and he lived in a homeless shelter. He searched for a job for months, couldn’t find one and felt defeated. “I have stolen for my whole life and desperately want to change,” he cried.
By not pressing charges we “purchased” the young man as a member of our community. We provided him contact information for a TwoCor friend and employer who hires felons, listened to stories of his jail time, comforted him, and reaffirmed his value as God’s beloved son. The following week TwoCor donated a bike so that he could get to and from work. Last time we spoke, he had found a welcoming church and was attending on a weekly basis.
We believe in giving youth second, third and fourth chances—miraculous transformations can happen as a result.