When I got my DWI, I went from being a public servant to a criminal. It was something I never thought would happen to me and I went through a very bad time. CCEF gave me the opportunity to turn something so negative around. It meant not everyone had written me off. My classmates that also went through this program are some of my favorite people I’ve ever met. We all supported each other, and it was a zero-judgement zone. With the way the justice system works, if it weren’t for second chance programs like this, a lot of people would give up and fall into a life of crime or end their life because they become ‘damaged goods’ and that’s simply not true. People can make mistakes and still contribute to society, graduates of CCEF program are proof of that.