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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. 

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.

Les Hoyt

Les Hoyt

Treasurer

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.

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.

Scott Edwards, Jr.

Scott Edwards, Jr.

Scott is “actively retired” most recently from serving grieving families as an Ambassador / Funeral Director for Griggs Schooler Gordon / Memorial Park Funeral Homes in Amarillo.  During his career he taught at Amarillo College, has managed insurance claims, and he retired after 26 years of service at Southwestern Bell Corporation.  He is the past board president of The Eveline Rivers Christmas Project where he continues to serve, and he brings leadership and fundraising skills as well as business acumen to the ACH Board.  Today, Scott is a substitute teacher for Amarillo Independent School District, and he assists with funerals when needed by Schooler Funeral Home.  He enjoys serving First Christian Church as an elder.

Tony Freeman

Tony Freeman

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. 

Robin Malone

Robin Malone

Robin was recently distinguished as a “Class Act” at Amarillo College where she is the Coordinator for the Legal Studies Program and an Associate Professor, and she created the first Amarillo College Walk-in Legal Clinic to assist students who face legal issues.  Robin received her JD from Creighton University School of Law.  A former criminal prosecutor, Robin was Supervising Attorney over Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit in Douglas County Nebraska before returning to her hometown of Amarillo and opening her private practice.  Active and leading in many sectors of our community, Robin is the current Board President for Amarillo Independent School District.

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. 

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. 

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.

Anne Blanscet, LMSW

Anne Blanscet, LMSW

Case Manager

Anne joined the ACH team in 2019.  Her expertise from managing Projects for Assistance in Transitioning from Homelessness (PATH) and the Mobile Crisis Outreach Team, as well as serving on the board for the Amarillo Homeless Coalition serves the men at Another Chance House well.

Danny Grubb

Danny Grubb

Maintenance Manager

Danny is a conscientious man who cares deeply about our residents and maintaining our 18 properties.  He and his sidekick, Sissy, keep our grounds beautifully.

Jana Walch

Jana Walch

Admin/Accounting

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.”

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