Continuing its tradition of celebrating second acts for the greater good through storytelling, Encore.org is embarking on a new partnership with StoryCorps, “America’s oral history project.”

Once a month, Encore.org will feature audio interviews from the StoryCorps archives on our Stories from the Encore Movement web page. The stories will focus on older adults using their passion and wisdom to benefit others.

DARLENE LEWISOur first story is a conversation between Darlene Lewis and her friend and ex-inmate James Taylor. When Darlene’s son was released from prison, she saw how tough it was for him to find employment. In her encore, she helps newly-released former inmates get jobs and overcome the stigma of “doing time.” Listen to their conversation here.

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. All StoryCorps interviews are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Darlene’s story is among those featured in Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, a new book by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay documenting the passion, determination and courage it takes to pursue the work we feel called to do. In an array of humorous and poignant stories, everyday people recount the struggles and triumphs along the way to discovering and fulfilling their callings.

(You can order Callings here.)

Published: April 20, 2016