While studying to become an Episcopal minister, Janice Watts worked with residents of St. Leonard's House, a halfway house for men who have been released from prison. When she takes on Oprah's Pay It Forward Challenge, she knows she wants to help them!
Janice spends $600 to buy the men coats and shoes from Steve & Barry's. "[Shoes are] something very specific they can't get. Each person needs their own size," she says. "They have clothes donated and everything like that, which the men are happy to have, but shoes are something more personal." Janice uses the rest of the money to buy Chicago bus passes to help the men look for jobs.
Janice feels joyful "to see the gratitude of these men who realized someone cared about them and they were not forgotten."
In addition to her challenge money, Janice raises $1,000 from family and friends! She uses the bonus money to buy supplies for the Sunday school program at a church in Evanston, Illinois.