Second Mile Development

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Second Mile is a faith-based community development organization that began in 1986, to help restore a declining, underserved neighborhood in Huntsville, Alabama. The neighborhood had the largest number of single parent households below the poverty line and the highest crime rate. It also had more renters than homeowners and the lowest performing elementary school in the city. Their first initiative was the Second Mile Lawn Service that provided jobs and life skills training to about 80 teenage boys. Two years later, they opened the Neighborhood Thrift Store to provide clothing and household items at affordable prices; and to create employment opportunities for residents that were struggling to find jobs. The Second Mile Preschool and Parent Initiative soon followed after learning that the residents wanted better access to an affordable preschool and that the local elementary school was struggling to increase parent involvement. Second Mile started with the goal of helping the residents in one underserved neighborhood learn how to advocate for themselves regardless of their location or circumstances. They continue to serve this neighborhood and others to help people enhance their quality of life through six key programs: Pride for Parents, Terry Heights and Hillendale Organization, The Second Mile Preschool, Parent Initiative, Baby Care, and The 29:11 Story.