LOS ANGELES – Save lives. This is the mission of the organization 2nd Call which works with ex-offenders.
Skipp Townsend is the founder and after serving time in prison himself, he is now the executive director of a non-profit organization that has been honored by the NFL and the host committee of the Super Bowl in Los Angeles.
2nd Call was among 56 Los Angeles organizations honored at SoFi Stadium this summer ahead of Super Bowl LVI. Each nonprofit received a $10,000 grant, and then six of those organizations were nominated for the $50,000 grants.
2nd Call was one of them, accepting the scholarship on the ground just before Christmas.
Their door is wide open to people who have been in prison. It starts with their classes with “the reintegration life skills, the domestic violence programs that we have.” Their goal is to stop the violence.
The 2nd call has evolved into building careers in construction, but it all starts with life skills.
Townsend assumes they changed the lives of 2,000 or 3,000 people. It’s a huge accomplishment for a man who thought he would end up dead or go to prison for life.
In next week’s segment, we’ll meet two of their success stories. Here is a video produced by the Super Bowl Committee to continue the legacy of 2nd Call:
Every week in Community champions, FOX 11 will feature another grant recipient leading up to the 2022 Super Bowl in Los Angeles. For more information about the Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program and selected nonprofits, Click here.