PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Ex-offenders are hoping to get a second chance while serving the community.
Zachariah Moser has had his fair share of life challenges.
“I was a major alcoholic. It really took me off my path in life and I was homeless for quite a while.”
As has Hilberto Acevedo
“I’m tired of going to jail. I was one who was contributing to the dirtiness of our neighborhood, so now I’m trying to change my life”
In our area ex-offenders and people in recovery are in desperate need of training and jobs to try and get their lives back on track In our area there are too many dirty and overgrown lots also in desperate need of attention. So it seems like a good plan to bring the two needs together and solve problems and that’s what they announced Monday in parts of South Philly, Kingsessing, Point Breeze and the surrounding area.
St. Rep Jordan Harris announced new funding to train ex-offenders and recovering addicts to clean and remove vegetation in lots across the 186th district.
“An opportunity for those men and women to get a new skill so that when they’re finished their program they can become gainfully employed."
Dirty and overgrown lots is a nuisance for too many in Philly but as FOX 29's Bill Anderson walked around with the workers the impact this will have on them is what really stood out.
Zachariah said this is just what many need.
“The people who need a second chance, this is your second chance. It's everything you wish you could get.”
With long term addiction struggles he’s not only happy to get the training and support but eager for the chance to positively contribute to neighborhoods.
“Me and my guys we pick up at least 50 pounds of trash a day. It builds character in us to try and make a difference and stay in a positive way.”
And after years in and out of jail, Hilberto wants to prove serving the community is just the opportunity he needed.
“we’re not bad people we’re beautiful people, you just gotta give us a chance.”
And now sober and with a chance he was thrilled for the opportunity to clean lots in nearly one hundred degrees.
“ It's helping me stay sober and think positive.”
Cleaning up nuisance lots and giving people a second chance seems like common sense. Thankfully someone decided to use it, for goodness sake.