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We believe every man can be a productive member of society

Offering Another Chance to Homeless Men for Over 30 Years

Located just outside downtown Amarillo, Texas, Another Chance House was founded in 1988 by Father Aram Berard.  The Main House, as it is referred to today, is located at 209 S. Jackson and was originally the Knighton Hotel, built in 1934.   

Berard was part of a larger urban-renewal effort that was taking place in Amarillo in the mid-1980’s.  These several blocks that include Another Chance House (ACH) were a blight on our community; crime, drugs, and hopelessness shrouded this area of Amarillo called “The Flats”.  As the efforts to clean up this area of the town expanded and houses were condemned, Berard became aware that the hard life lived by the indigent in that neighborhood was about to get harder.  In Berard’s own words, “At least before [the urban renewal], they had a roof over their heads, now the roof is gone, too.  Since we removed something,” he thought, “we should replace it with something better.” 

That something better was and still is Another Chance House.   

In 1998, the Main House became the entry point for our Shelter Program and the Board of ACH began to acquire additional properties in the immediate area.  These additions allowed ACH to expand to a tiered program offering shelter, transitional, and long-term living options.  By 2010, ACH was contracting with the Veterans Administration to provide both shelter and transitional services to homeless or at-risk veterans in addition to other homeless men.   

In 2013, private donors and foundations provided funding for seven duplexes that house 14 veterans long-term; these dwellings are known as our Victory Duplexes.   

From a single dwelling in 1988, ACH has grown to 18 properties today – transforming this drug-infested neighborhood into a haven of hope and self-respect for homeless men.  Thousands of men have lived on our campus and rediscovered purpose, dignity, and self-sufficiency while living in the ACH community.  Our residents serve as staff and board members.  They remain involved with their ACH family and often return to the campus to visit, share their knowledge and resources, and encourage our current residents. 

In 2018, ACH served 91 unduplicated residents; 58 of these were veterans.  Every ACH resident is someone’s son; many are brothers, fathers, and husbands.  The circumstances, consequences, and paths to recovery for each resident are as unique they are.  Our program provides supportive services that encourage a man to overcome addiction; repay outstanding legal or social obligations; find employment and learn to live successfully with others. 

Another Chance House

Mission

Another Chance House provides a positive path toward a new and better self-sufficient life through structured living programs for men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

Vision

Every man will become a productive member of society 

Values

We value others with an emphasis on accountability, integrity, and responsibility. 

We are mission-driven to focus on the needs of homeless men toward a better life. 

We strive to instill hope in the present and future of homeless men. 

We believe positive communication strategies are the most important tool toward understanding and fulfilling our mission. 

Dedicated to service

Our Board Members  

Jon Mark Beilue

Jon Mark Beilue

President

Homeless and at-risk men are often overlooked but rebuilding men’s lives and making them self-sufficient is a critical part of improving a city.  What ACH does in Amarillo is not only unique, but effective, and seeing the change and benefits that come from ACH is energizing and rewarding.” 

Recently retired from 37 years of service with the Amarillo Globe-News, Jon Mark has been inducted into both the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas Panhandle Press Association Hall of Fame.  His columns have been published in two books (“This Might Be a Good Story” and “Where Do You Get Your Stories?”).  Jon Mark and his wife, Sandy, were married in 1985 and they have two grown sons.

Patty Willyard

Patty Willyard

Vice President

Patty loves Another Chance House, “These men want to be better and ACH gives them direction and an avenue to be productive again, both for themselves and for their families.”  Patty has been involved with non-profits as either an employee or volunteer for over 28 years.  Her management career has allowed her to help individuals grow to their full potential.  Patty is passionate about helping others, health and fitness, and she enjoys the companionship her dogs provide. 

Debbie Duncan

Debbie Duncan

Secretary

Debbie is an Amarillo native and full-time licensed real estate agent since 1997.  She is a member of the National, Texas, and Amarillo Associations of Realtors.  Debbie is completing her second term on the ACH Board.

German Rico

German Rico

Homeless Representative

“Just like its name, ACH gave me another chance.  ACH rescued a man that was hurt, angry, and broken.  They gave me the tools I needed to find my way.  Every man that comes to ACH needs different assistance and ACH treats their residents individually and helps the men with what they need…ACH gave me my life and freedom back.  I joined the Board so that I may give back to the men that will come knocking on our door, asking for help. 

Today, German is the Property Manager for 2400 Polk Condominiums, Inc.  He holds an Associates in Business Administration from East L.A. College.

Ross Clopton

Ross Clopton

Ross is retired from sales management at Western Auto Supply.  He is an Elder at St. Luke Presbyterian Church and has served on the boards of ARAD and Amarillo Symphony.  He is a great encourager of Another Chance House residents.

Rapheal Johnson

Rapheal Johnson

Rapheal is committed to the mission of Another Chance House and he is completing his second term on the ACH Board in 2019.  He holds a BA in Business Administration and works in the Helium Operations Department of the Bureau of Land Management.  Rapheal is married with two children.

Alisha Platts

Alisha Platts

As the Customer Service Supervisor at Amarillo National Bank’s downtown branch, Alisha has assisted many of our residents with opening their first bank account.  Her helpful demeanor puts ACH residents at ease as they navigate becoming financially responsible.  A native of Canyon, Texas, Alisha served on the ACH 30th Anniversary Committee and she participates regularly in United Way’s Loaned Executive Program.  Alisha and her husband, Noel, have one child and they all enjoy a good fishing trip.

Vicky Richmond

Vicky Richmond

Vicky is retired from over 40 years of service to others Her passion to help others has led Vicky to serve as an advocate for children; physically and mentally challenged individuals; women suffering from domestic violence; and, the men residing at Another Chance House.  Her volunteerism is also extensive as she has served on many boards and volunteered with numerous organizations in our community.  Vicky stepped in briefly as the Interim Executive Director for Another Chance House in 2017 and she remains dedicated to the progress and success of ACH residents.  Vicky and her husband Pat have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. 

Jim Rogers, LCSW

Jim Rogers, LCSW

Jim has had a private practice in psychotherapy since 1988.  He has served as Executive Director of Family Guidance Center (now Family Support Services); and Catholic Family Services (now Catholic Charities).  He has also taught in the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech’s Amarillo Campus as well as the Social Work Departments of West Texas University, University of Missouri, and Washington University.  Jim holds several degrees and has received many awards over the course of his career, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers’ Amarillo Chapter.  He and his wife, Lynna, have six children and six grandchildren. 

Dedicated to service

Our Staff 

Another Chance House employs residents in various positions as a part of our Workforce
Development Program. We invite you to attend one of our Open Houses to meet them in person!

Steve Smart

Steve Smart

Executive Director

steve.smart@anotherchancehouse.org

Steve served on Another Chance House Board of Directors from 8/2015 – 6/2017.  He has worked with recovering individuals for more than two decades.  Steve served as Executive Director of Amarillo’s Habitat for Humanity from 11/2006 – 3/2013.  Steve also shares his experience with the Texas Plains Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals board as well as the Amarillo Continuum of Care.  Steve regularly reminds the ACH staff that our purpose is to serve the men at ACH, “I believe that as long as a person is breathing, they deserve another chance.” 

Mollie Swafford

Mollie Swafford

Development Director

mollie.swafford@anotherchancehouse.org

Mollie joined the team at ACH in 2019.  In Mollie’s career she has concentrated on serving others in non-profit operations, management, donor relationship development, community engagement and foreign mission team leadership. 

Chess Grant, LCDC, APs, CPSS

Chess Grant, LCDC, APs, CPSS

Case Manager

chess.grant@anotherchancehouse.org

Chess joined the ACH team in 2018.  He offers years of personal and professional experience that serves the residents of Another Chance House well in their progression toward self-sufficiency.

James Arredondo

James Arredondo

Operations Manager

James.arredondo@anotherchancehouse.org

James joined the ACH team in 2018.  He is currently working on his 500 hours toward a Texas Peer Recovery Coach Designation James previously served as manager of Coby House (an Amarillo recovery home).  He serves on the board of Moss Lane AA Group and has 20 years of restaurant management experience.