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Second Chance Life San Francisco was founded by a Pastor. Pastor Tom Pham has been living in Marin County for over twenty years. San Quentin State Prison sits atop a hill near his home in San Rafael. The image of the prison continually tugs at his heart each time he passes by on his way to the Church that he pastors, located across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.


“On my morning jogs, I would see the prison and often wondered about the people there. Were they husbands? Fathers? Brothers? Why did they make the decision that landed them in prison? Are there innocent people there?”


These questions remained in his heart for many years. After what seemed like a long awaited opportunity, in 2013 the doors to San Quentin was opened and Pastor Tom walked through the gates as a volunteer. He began a Thursday morning bible study group in the prison chapel. Today, the bible study at San Quentin has grown to more than 30 members. In 2016, one of the prisoners paroled from San Quentin and is a member of Pastor Tom’s church in San Francisco’s Sunset District. The church and Second Chance Life San Francisco has supported the ex-prisoner. Today there are sixteen formerly incarcerated members of Pastor Tom’s church.


Second Chance Life San Francisco assists those who were incarcerated physically, mentally, and spiritually through community activities such as volunteering and assistance. Our mission is to assist and develop the formerly incarcerated into becoming servants to their community. To be able to give back into the community. 

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Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!

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Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

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The Palette Project

Brother Sonny is a member of the Thursday San Quentin Bible Study group which is facilitated by Pastor Tom and other volunteers. Upon his release, he has converted the garage of his mother's home into a living space for those who are coming home.  

He and the participants of this program build palettes for local stores and other businesses. As of now, there is limited materials due to lack of funds. Your support will help launch a successful program for the formerly incarcerated coming home.

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