Callaway couple to offer troubled women second chance, family

Betty Curtis and her husband, Richard, plan to turn this unused camper on their property into a new home — and a second chance — for a young woman just released from prison who plans to resume studies to become a veterinarian at William Woods University this fall. The couple wants to create a welcoming, family atmosphere for women in similar situations.

Betty Curtis and her husband, Richard, plan to turn this unused camper on their property into a new home — and a second chance — for a young woman just released from prison who plans to resume studies to become a veterinarian at William Woods University this fall. The couple wants to create a welcoming, family atmosphere for women in similar situations. Photo by Katherine Cummins.

Betty Curtis is a firm believer in second chances.

A widow who raised two daughters on her own, a three-time stroke survivor, happily-married wife to a second husband (Richard Curtis) who himself has had health issues leading to installation of a pacemaker, nurse-maid to abused and neglected horses; Curtis feels lucky about where she is in life, and is constantly looking for ways to pass that on.

To that end, Betty and Richard Curtis — who have been married for three years — plan to open up the Second Chance Ranch on 10 acres of land they live on not far from Fulton as a new home for women being released from prison who have nowhere else to go.

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