We’ve all benefited from a second chance; some of us more than others, some situations more serious than others. With a new Second Chances concert series, The Good Neighborhood and Compass House are combining a simple second chance at getting excited about new music with the much more profound call for area youth to get a second chance at a stable home life.
On Saturday, December 29th, at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St, 10pm, $5 cover), Buffalo bands The Tins and Andrew J. Reimers’ Country-Punk Extravaganza will get a second chance to celebrate the recent release of their first full-length album, while donating half of the proceeds from CD/download sales to Compass House. Also on the bill is a rare homecoming performance by Haven, featuring members of The Ragbirds and Last Conservative.
A raffle will also be held for Compass House, one of the nation’s oldest shelter and service providers for young men and young women, offering runaway, homeless and street youth with safe shelter and services, through a voluntary and mutually agreed-upon process, in an environment that supports dignity, respect and self-reliance.
“Compass House has been around for 40 years with the express goal of helping runaway and homeless youth get their second (and sometimes third and fourth) chances,” said development director Candace Fletcher. “All kids mess up and need a do-over. For many kids like ours who struggle without supportive families or stable homes, safe spaces to make mistakes are few and far between. That’s where we come in – to help get kids back on track and make sure their second chances won’t be their last.”
For more info about Compass House, visit www.compasshouse.org. For a daily dose of the greater good and to keep up with future installments of the Second Chances series, visit www.thegoodneighborhood.com.