Costa Mesa Chili Cook-off - August 2017

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Our Executive Director volunteering in the community to judge the local chili cook-off in the Halecrest Neighborhood, Costa Mesa.

Judges Steve Staveley, Deborah Johnson, Ed Lee and John Park compare notes at the annual chili cook-off in Halecrest Park in Costa Mesa on Saturday.

Spencer Grant
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Jewish Life- December 2017

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Newport Beach Independent - September 2, 2017

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Second Chance Orange County Announces a Fundraising event “More Second Chances” - August 28, 2017

Newport Beach, Ca,  August 28, 2017- Second Chance Orange County announces a fun and exciting fundraising event on Tuesday, September 12th called, “More Second Chances.” Major Underwriting support from PAIN LE QUOTIDIEN AND FARMERS & MERCHANT BANK ensures 100% of the evening’s proceeds will go directly to programs to help low-income youth and adults recovering from addiction get the individualized help required to re-enter society and have a greater chance of success.

Deb Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated,  “Everyone deserves a second chance! I started this non-profit because I saw a huge gap in services, and instead of complaining about it, I decided to fix it. Families were wasting their money on rehab, and their kids, and family members were not staying sober. Second Chance Orange County picks up a necessary piece of the pie that was severely missing in the community.”

This all-volunteer grassroots organization has garnered approximately 2,600 volunteer hours and helped over 20 recovering addicts.

Tickets can be purchased online at: https://secondchanceocfuncraiser.eventbrite.com

  • Date: Tuesday, September 12th from 5:00 to 8 :00 pm
  • Venue: Lincoln Experience Center-139 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach (Fashion Island, between Macys and Starbucks),
  • Ticket Pricing: $72 includes appetizers, drinks, dinner, dessert and coffee
  • Silent and Live Auction Items: Approximately 50 items
  • Donations of any size are accepted online or by check. 2618 San Miguel #284 Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Second Chance Orange County Appoints Two New Board of Directors - September 26, 2017

Second Chance Orange County, a local non-profit charity, announced that its board of directors has appointed 2 new members, effective immediately: Kat Thomas, Tustin Police department’s civilian commander, and Heidi Cohen, Rabbi of Santa Ana’s Temple Beth Sholom. These appointments increase the number of Second Chance Orange County directors from three to five.
“Both our newest Board members embody the spirit of community and bring great talent, compassion, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to grow our organization to be the world-class provider of services for those recovering from addiction that need a second chance. I’m delighted that our new directors recognize our potential and that they’re eager to play an important role in helping us as we grow our young non-profit into a strong brand.” Deb Johnson, Executive Director.

Heidi Cohen- has served as a Rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom since 1998. She is a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. Heidi is the Immediate Past-President of the Orange County Board of Rabbis and serves on numerous community associations, and several other boards.

Kat Thomas- is currently the Tustin Police Department Police Civilian Commander, where she oversees 53 employees. She is a retired police officer from Los Angeles where over 21 years, she moved her way up from a Patrol Officer in South L.A. to a Lieutenant II. In addition, she has a BA in Behavioral Science from California State Polytechnic, Pomona; a Masters of Science degree from California State University, Fullerton and a Doctorate of Philosophy and Clinical Psychology from San Diego University for Integrative Studies.

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Second Chance Orange County Has Successful Fundraising event “More Second Chances” - September 20, 2017

Second Chance Orange County had a well-attended fundraising event at the Lincoln Experience Center, Fashion Island, September 12th called, “More Second Chances.” The beautiful event venue was decorated with blue, green and purple balloons and colorful decorations. The event was perfect, where 86 people enjoyed dinner, drinks, a program that included a successful client speaking on how Second Chance helped him, and a silent auction with over 40 items. Pain Du Quotidien sponsored dinner and OC Kosher donated kosher wine and desserts.

Second Chance Orange County exceeded its fundraising goal, and a lot of money was donated that will will go directly to programs to help low-income youth and adults recovering from addiction get the individualized help required to re-enter society and have a greater chance of success.

Deb Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated,  “I am so very humbled and thankful to have a full room of people who follow my passion that everyone deserves a second chance! As my daughter says, I don’t complain about something that is wrong, I go out and fix it.

Donations of any size are still being accepted online or by check. 2618 San Miguel #284 Newport Beach, CA 92660