West Side program helps ex-offenders get a second chance

By Wendy Wohlfeill

Charles Ezzard speaks with ease and confidence, pausing from time-to-time as if visually sifting through the past chapters of his life. He recounts times of hardship, yet immediately changes pace when speaking about his future. His face lights up as he states his goals, such as finishing school and giving back to the community. Ezzard sits in a bustling office in Austin, while snow falls outside on a brisk winter afternoon. Inside this well-kept space, half  of a dozen men sit at computers placed against one wall searching on-line job postings, while others work on resumes and speak to caseworkers.