History of Second Chance
The Second Chance Foundation
began as a dream of Dr. Edward F. Thomas
and David S. Kritser, III. Working
closely with rehabilitation patients,
Dr. Thomas found that many people had
inadequate insurance, no insurance or
had exhausted other financial resources
on the road to recovery. David
Kritser, who is a quadriplegic,
understands firsthand the overwhelming
changes that take place when someone has
a head or spinal cord injury. In
1986 the Foundation was chartered by the
State of Texas as a not-for-profit
Foundation to provide support for the
In 2006, the
Foundation celebrated twenty years
of existence. The support provided
to physically challenged individuals has
covered a wide spectrum of needs.
During these years, the Foundation has
provided hospital beds, home
modifications, bath benches, walkers,
transportation, caregiver services,
college tuition, braces, specialized
lifts, wheelchairs, prosthetics,
orthotics, scooters, and vans equipped
with a lift. In twenty years.
grants totaling over $365,000 have been
approved. This support has helped
the disabled have a second chance at
The Second Chance Society was
formed in 1998 as a gift club for the
benefit of Second Chance Foundation.
Members of the Society have pledged
their financial support over a five year
period. These donations are placed
in endowment and only the earnings used.
The Foundation mails a newsletter
3 times per year. The newsletter
highlights one or two of our recipients
telling their story and how their life
has changed. The newsletter is the
only fundraisers for the foundation.
Donations received from the newsletter
are placed in our bank account to be
used for those individuals who apply to
us for help.
Physically challenged people
actually have two handicaps: one is
physical, the other is financial.
For them, each of these handicaps is
just as real and defeating as the other.
Helplessness has turned into
hopelessness. With help from
interested donors, we can remove at
least one of the very real handicaps for
scores of people.