who we are

     Our Mission is to enhance the lives of those we serve and we do this by providing evidence-based practices for those suffering from addiction and/or mental health, in order to be the best version of themselves. Through compassion and understanding we equip you with the tools needed to succeed. We encourage another perspective in your approach to living a fulfilling life. Ultimately at Detroit Second Chance our goal is to "Give light to those sitting in darkness."

Luke 1:79

     Detroit Second Chance, Inc. (D2C) established in 2007, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) substance abuse rehabilitation and prisoner re-entry program that has worked in conjunction with Better Days AfterCare (BDA) to provide medication assisted treatment, rehabilitation services, and stable housing to those suffering from addiction and returning offenders in order to assist them in transitioning back into society and avoid recidivism.


     Many people that have served time have difficulty adjusting to being released. Also, a disproportionate number of people in the nation’s criminal justice system face mental health and substance abuse issues. A Bureau of Justice Statistics report found that people in U.S. prisons and jails are three to five times more likely to experience serious psychological distress than the general adult population. It's important that these individuals receive the housing and mental health services they need following their release. Some returning citizens can return to family, but many face a harsh reality – that they have nowhere to go and have difficulty finding suitable housing. 

     D2C and BDA work collectively with returning citizens and those suffering from addiction to provide medical assistance and stable housing, including those that are physically challenged. We assist with transportation, finding employment, food, clothing, etc. Our goal is to provide rehabilitation services, mental health therapy, and stable housing to assist those suffering from addiction and returning citizens to learn to live independently. 

"Re-entry services have been shown to lower recidivism. Three years after incarceration, rates dropped between 6% and 19% in eight states that tracked recidivism from 2010 to


"A program that offers rehabilitation and transitional services lowers recidivism and offers hope to those suffering from addiction and trying to

re-enter society."

"No one benefits — not inmates, not taxpayers, not the general public — when re-entry to

society is so often followed by re-entry to prison."

D2C's operation is inspired by Winston Churchill's quote: "This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Addiction is the enemy - never, never, never give in.

~ Leadership ~



 Demetra Eason

CFO/Executive Director

Ernest elias

House Manager

Cecelia Powers


lee verne jeffery

Part-Time Assistant

Kent bowman

Live-In House Manager

angie stratelak

Recovery Coach