| Sarasota Herald-Tribune
SARASOTA – Second Chance Last Opportunity’s office on Martin Luther King Way is often buzzing with community activity. While the pandemic has put some limitations on services, one thing hasn’t changed: The nonprofit hasn’t stopped distributing clothing, books and toys to the families of Newtown. In fact, it’s expanding those services to include food.
The center receives donations of food, personal care items and baby care supplies throughout the week, and these are distributed every Wednesday and Friday at noon.
“The need is growing, and the demographics are changing from when we began in March,” said April Glasco, the organization’s founder and CEO.
With the coronavirus pandemic came an increased need for supplies from those who have lost their jobs and from single mothers having to provide breakfast and lunch for their children who usually get these meals at school.
“We need more supplies and more volunteers,” said Glasco, “and we are appealing to the mission teams of local churches and synagogues, who have been so helpful to us in the past.”
The organization also recently launched a new Life Skills Training and Counseling program for the newly unemployed.
The virtual classes, designed toward people living in low-income and disenfranchised communities, help people learn to be self-sufficient, manage money effectively and map out pathways to employment.
“This program strives to instill a positive sense of belonging, so the individuals begin to gain back their self-confidence and self-worth,” said Glasco.
The new program will be supported by $75,000 in funding from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, which will go toward filming costs and covering other needs for families in the community. Those who have technological challenges can view the classes safely at SCLO’s center in Newtown.