About Us

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 2020, ACH served 93 men; 53 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 to a self-sufficient life for men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

Vision

Every man will be 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  

Jim Rogers, LCSW

Jim Rogers, LCSW

President

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.  Jim has four children and he and his wife Lynna have six grandchildren.

Les Hoyt

Les Hoyt

Vice President

Les, an Amarillo native, retired from a long career in the public sector serving most recently for 23 years as the CFO of Amarillo ISD.  Currently he is working part-time for AISD assisting with the oversight of the $100 million bond construction program.  He is a CPA and holds a BBA from West Texas State.  Les has been married 41 years to his wife Carla and they have two children.

Alisha Platts

Alisha Platts

Secretary

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.

Tony Freeman

Tony Freeman

Treasurer

Tony’s management career with Cenveo (formerly Trafton Printing) spans 50 years.  A leader in his industry, he served at the local and national level on the board of PIA (Printing Industry Association). His heart for local service is evidenced by his service on boards in the arts, sports, and chamber of commerce.  Tony enjoyed teaching all types of business classes at Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University.  Tony and his wife, Diane, have two grown children and they are members of The Church at Christ at The Colonies. 

Patty Willyard

Patty Willyard

Past 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. 

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.

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. 

Dale Williams

Dale Williams

Dale retired from Southwestern Public Service with 35 years of service as Director of Harrington/Nichols power stations and Director of Customer Service and Economic Development. He has a BS degree from Texas Tech University and a MS Degree from University of Colorado and was named Distinguished Engineer in 2005 by Texas Tech University. He is currently President of Williams SPE Inc. He attends 1st Presbyterian Church serving as a Trustee. Dale has been married for 47 years to his wife Linda. 

 Another Chance House is unique in its mission in Amarillo providing essential infrastructure to men in need. I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve my community and our men here in the Texas panhandle. 

Sheila Sims

Sheila Sims

After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1991, Sheila returned to Amarillo to begin her career in
architecture at Lavin Architects. After 30 years at the firm, she became President and re-branded the
firm as Sims + Architects in 2020. A native of Amarillo, Sheila has a passion for her hometown and the
people in it. She learned from her father at an early age about compassion and ministry to others as she
watched him reach countless students as a Drafting teacher at Caprock High School. Sheila is a proud
graduate of Caprock, Class of 1987 and received the Distinguished Alumni award in 2007. In Matthew
25:40, Jesus tells us “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did
for me.” Loving and caring for people regardless of who they are or where they came from is the least
we can do and only makes our community stronger. Sheila also serves on the Amarillo College
Foundation Board and is a charter member of The Loft Church. She is married to Richard and they have
3 daughters

Rick Standiford

Rick Standiford

A native of Amarillo, Rick was introduced to Another Chance House as a resident after battling substance abuse.  “As a resident, I began the long process of putting my life back together.  Since leaving, I have remained involved with the residents and groups that take place on the ACH Campus.  I look forward to more involvement as a way to express my gratitude.”  Rick is employed by American Elevator and  he continues to grow in his own recovery.

Debbie Duncan

Debbie Duncan

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.  

Curt Besselman

Curt Besselman

Curt has deep roots in Amarillo – his grandfather Bud Curtis was mayor in the 50’s with his carpet and linoleum shop just up the street on 3rd from the ACH. After an early career in government, politics and economic development, the last 10 years Curt has been involved in renewables and energy efficiency improvements. Sprinkled throughout were childhood friends who found themselves in real trouble and led Curt to a gradual understanding of what the ACH does for men who are seeking help and a way out. 

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.” 

Amy Marshall

Amy Marshall

Development Director

amy.marshall@anotherchancehouse.org

Amy joined the ACH team on March 8, 2022.  She has worked with several nonprofits throughout her career.  “I have been blessed with a servant’s heart and it’s my honor to help others discover a better present and future! Every human has a history and deserves the chance to create their own future. Favorite quote ‘Once you stop chasing the wrong things, the right ones catch you.’  ACH donors are truly caring people providing a hopeful future to the men of ACH one man at a time.  I’m inspired by the perseverance and courage our residents experience thanks to your generosity!”

Leo Rice, MS, LCDC

Leo Rice, MS, LCDC

Case Manager

leo.rice@anotherchancehouse.org

Leo joined the ACH team in 2022. He is from a small town in Oklahoma called Okmulgee. Graduated from Ashford University with a BA in Behavioral Science in 2011 and a Masters from the University of the Southwest in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He has been living in West Texas for over 25 years. He enjoys helping people and is a licensed chemical dependency counselor. He loves that he has been given the opportunity to show others how to live and not just survive.

Ruth Brown, MA Counseling

Ruth Brown, MA Counseling

Case Manager

ruth.brown@anotherchancehouse.org

Ruth Brown joined the ACH team in June of 2021 as a graduate student intern. After completing her Master’s in Counseling from West Texas A&M University, she became a Case Manager here. Serving others has always been a focus in her career experience as she has worked in emergency services, with youth organizations, and worked many years in the nonprofit industry in varying roles. Creating an environment where the residents can feel empowered to seek a positive path for their future is very important to her. She believes in the programs offered here at ACH and loves to not only provide the men the tools they need for success, but also the ability and knowledge needed to use those tools throughout their lives.

 

Jana Walch

Jana Walch

Admin/Accounting

jana.walch@anotherchancehouse.org

Jana joined our team in 2019.  She handles administrative and bookkeeping tasks and helps every day run smoothly.  “Being of service to others is the ultimate blessing.”

David Jett

David Jett

Maintenance Manager

david.jett@anotherchancehouse.org

David brings a heart for serving others, years of experience in new home construction warranty work, a family legacy of carpentry, and a passion for “do it yourself” projects to his position at Another Chance House.  “Each ACH property has its own character.  I enjoy getting to know every ACH resident as I lovingly care for their homes.”  David joined the ACH team in 2021.

Our Stewardship

Financial integrity aligns with our core values and we are pleased to provide our IRS 990’s.

Another Chance House

2017

990 Form

Another Chance House

2018

990 Form

Another Chance House

2019

990 Form