History of Second Chance Foundation.

The Second Chance Foundation began as a dream of Dr. Edward F. Thomas and David S. Kritser, III.  Working closely with rehabilitation patients, Dr. Thomas found that many people had inadequate insurance, no insurance or had exhausted other financial resources on the road to recovery.  David Kritser, who is a quadriplegic, understands firsthand the overwhelming changes that take place when someone has a head or spinal cord injury.  In 1986 the Foundation was chartered by the State of Texas as a not-for-profit Foundation to provide support for the physically challenged.

In 2006, the Foundation celebrated twenty years of existence.  The support provided to physically challenged individuals has covered a wide spectrum of needs.  During these years, the Foundation has provided hospital beds, home modifications, bath benches, walkers, transportation, caregiver services, college tuition, braces, specialized lifts, wheelchairs, prosthetics, orthotics, scooters, and vans equipped with a lift.  In twenty years. grants totaling over $365,000 have been approved.  This support has helped the disabled have a second chance at life.

The Second Chance Society was formed in 1998 as a gift club for the benefit of Second Chance Foundation.  Members of the Society have pledged their financial support over a five year period.  These donations are placed in endowment and only the earnings used.

The Foundation mails a newsletter 3 times per year.  The newsletter highlights one or two of our recipients telling their story and how their life has changed.  The newsletter is the only fundraisers for the foundation.  Donations received from the newsletter are placed in our bank account to be used for those individuals who apply to us for help.

Physically challenged people actually have two handicaps: one is physical, the other is financial.  For them, each of these handicaps is just as real and defeating as the other.  Helplessness has turned into hopelessness.  With help from interested donors, we can remove at least one of the very real handicaps for scores of people.

Diann.Brown@bsahs.org