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Second Helping Gets a Second Chance

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A local non-profit is saved in the nick of time all thanks to social media.

Thanks to some people’s Facebook post, a group called Second Helping, has now gotten a second chance themselves. Now they give a second chance to women who’ve been in jail get back on their feet.

Gricelda Cruz prepares a typical southern meal at this non-profit, Second Helping.

 “What I wanted to do I couldn’t because of my criminal record,” said Gricelda Cruz.

But things weren’t always so picture perfect for this head cook.

“I did 15 months in Central in downtown and got out and wanted to change my life,” said Cruz.

Cruz spent time in jail for conspiracy charges.

 “Everyone thinks because of you’ve gone to jail you’ve done something horrible but we all have a story behind,” said Cruz.

Cruz got a second chance at Second Helping – a local non-profit that helps women who’ve spent time in jail.

 “It’s not just a job. It’s more than that. It’s the relationship because we’ve all been through the same situation,” said Cruz.

Second Helping also got a second chance.

“When we opened in August we thought it’d be busier. We weren’t getting customers. It became as struggle to make payroll,” said Cruz.

 “I was here yesterday and thought it was time to let go of it,” said Melissa Mummert, who’s in charge of Second Helping.

“We have no money, we have no customers and today I looked out and it’s going to be ok,” said Mummert.

On a typical day, Second Helping brings in about $50 during the lunch rush but thanks to a Facebook post by some enthusiastic posts at Plaza Midwood, they got a ton of folks today bringing in more than $800 in donations.

“It just took a 180 degree turn on us,” said Cruz.

A simple meal can be a recipe for success.

“You realize when you can buy lunch and it inspires someone to make a difference. Maybe this will inspire other business to really give back,” said customer Taylor Smith.

“I just believe anything that will benefit us vs. people having to go back into the system. If there is a way to keep these people off the streets, everybody makes mistakes,” said Kyla Outlaw.

“It’s really hard to get a job. Don’t give up. Just because of what you did in the past, it doesn’t determine what your future is supposed to be,” said Cruz.

Second Helping is located on Central Avenue. At that location, there’s another non-profit called Net’s Sweets and they help women with human trafficking. You can help both groups just by buying lunch or some dessert. Those donations help those non-profits keep their doors open.

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