Cleveland man learns the value of a Second Chance - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Cleveland man learns the value of a Second Chance

Posted: Updated:

CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -- A Cleveland man says your past does not define who you are, and he's showing others that life is full of second chances.

Growing up, Jeffrey Scott had the odds stacked against him. For more than half his life the odds beat him. After an orphanage, he was homeless, he sold drugs which landed him in prison, 17 years of prison.

Now just two years after his release he's married, a minister and paying it forward. "Imagine me 15-years-old trekking around the streets having no guidance no direction," said Scott.

Believe it or not homeless at 15 wasn't rock bottom for Jeffery Scott. His darkest hours came in prison, he served a total of 17 years on drug and weapon charges.

"I had no one to turn to and talk to or to guide me to where I needed to be," he said. "I thought my world was coming to an end."

Little did he know his world was only starting. During his second and final stint in federal prison Scott's life was opened to a world he never knew, a spiritual life. "I looked at life in a with a different perspective. When I began to apply those principles to my life, it worked every time."

Two years after serving 17 years not only is he a transformed man, he's transforming others with the Second Chance Program at the Bradley Cleveland Community Services Agency.

Trying to keep others off the path he once traveled. "To get them to understand how they've fallen and they can get back up using spiritual principles. Show them God," said Scott.

Scott says he's trying to bridge the gap between mainstream society and the criminal mind because he's been there.

 Whether you're already there, serving time, or maybe headed in the wrong direction Scott and the Second Chance Program want to help.

"Go through the entire storm so when you make it through you look back and see all the things you went through and it will build character," he said. "I let them know I've been there, I've done that and I'm a living example that you can be transformed."

In addition to his work with the Second Chance Program Jeffrey is a proud husband and a Minister at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Cleveland. His e-mail is jscott3940@yahoo.com.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Graysville Rehires Indicted Police Chief

    Graysville Rehires Indicted Police Chief

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:35:07 GMT
    COUNTY - RheaCOUNTY - Rhea
    GRAYSVILLE, TN. --(WRCB)-- Jason Erik Redden was back on the job today as the Chief of Police of Graysville, Tennessee.Redden, who currently faces 10 counts of official misconduct including theft, has had a tumultuous reign within the last year as the city's top cop.He's been suspended, reinstated, fired, and now rehired.And while some city officials lack faith in Chief Redden, you may be surprised at the level of support he has within Graysville. " I am not surprised they done it, in any oth...More
    GRAYSVILLE, TN. --(WRCB)-- Jason Erik Redden was back on the job today as the Chief of Police of Graysville, Tennessee.Redden, who currently faces 10 counts of official misconduct including theft, has had a tumultuous reign within the last year as the city's top cop.He's been suspended, reinstated, fired, and now rehired.And while some city officials lack faith in Chief Redden, you may be surprised at the level of support he has within Graysville. " I am not surprised they done it, in any oth...More
  • UPDATE: Dog’s condition sparks outrage, owner cited for neglect

    UPDATE: Dog’s condition sparks outrage, owner cited for neglect

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:49:19 GMT
    A suspected case of animal neglect in Chattanooga has sparked outrage among hundreds of local animal lovers.More
    A suspected case of animal neglect in Chattanooga has sparked outrage among hundreds of local animal lovers.More
  • Mudslinging intensifies in 3rd District Republican race

    Mudslinging intensifies in 3rd District Republican race

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:48:27 GMT
    It is two weeks away from voters heading to the polls in Tennessee for the primary election and the 3rd Congressional District race is one to watch.More
    It is two weeks away from voters heading to the polls in Tennessee for the primary election and the 3rd Congressional District race is one to watch.More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.