Panama City - Second Chance of Northwest Florida serves the needs of adults with brain injuries in Panama City and the surrounding areas. Later this week the center's volunteer director, Sherl Morden, will be recognized at the national level.
Morden started as a Second Chance board member in 1992. Then in 2008, when the facility nearly closed, she stepped in as the center's volunteer director and president of the board of directors. Second Chance helps adults with brain injuries re-learn life skills and find community. About 75 people are served by the center and about 2 dozen participate in programming several times a week.
Britanny Johnson nominated Morden, who was chosen as the National Association of Social Workers Public Citizen of the Year. "She was very active in bringing this place from having it's doors closed, the doors were literally closed for a couple weeks, she came in, she worked hard, she raised money and she has been doing it ever since and now we are doing wonderful," said Brittany Johnson, the Executive Director of Second Chance.
The clients Morden works with say she is very deserving of the honor.
"A non-profit is hard to run, hard to keep open in these economic times, but she knows what to do, she gets involved with clients, she gets involved with grants. This is her heart, you can tell," said Craig Lein, who suffered a brain anuerysm a few years ago and now works at Second Chance.
Morden heads to Washington DC Thursday morning to receive the award on Friday.