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Second Chance Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   51 reviews 8,723

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1700 Ridgely Street Baltimore MD 21230 USA

Mission:

The Second Chance mission is to retrain and create employment for displaced and unemployed workers in deconstruction methods; reclaim building material to reduce demolition debris overloading landfills; and renew materials to preserve the region’s rich architectural heritage. As a result, Second Chance provides jobs and a green collar workforce, protects the natural environment, and preserves our architectural heritage.

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410-385-1101
www.secondchanceinc.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We come in often as we are working on some projects. We always g we t the help we need right away and the help is always courteous. Reggie worked with us this past Saturday. June 18'2016. Reggie went out of his way to help us find everything we needed and more. Thanks Reggie for a great experience. Linda and Ed.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Second Chance is truly an amazing place! Sure the physical plant is a playground for anyone interested in building, improving, furnishing or decorating their home. With 200,000 sq ft of "Cool Stuff" to pick through it is easily a day trip!....and a day trip worth making!!!! Get there early, wander around til luchtime, take a break to eat at any of the wonderful eateries in South Baltimore, Fed Hill, the Harbor...possibilities are endless. Then, return for the afternoon to finish wandering and shopping through the building materials, furniture, architectural oddities and treasures.

BUT ! ! !

Second Chance is SO MUCH MORE than a great place to find great stuff, HOW much of the treasures get to 1700 Ridgely Street are what really set this organization apart, in my opinion. The men in "the field" deconstruct homes...and learn construction through deconstruction. Any useable part of a house that can be salvaged and still has value, will be removed and transported to their warehouse. Second Chance provides a place to get a SECOND CHANCE for people who have made mistakes that are often barriers to employment. Second CHance offers the deconstruction workers training not only in OSHA, Financial Literacy, and other construction related fields, but also provide a place to learn a good work ethic.

What an amazing place!!! The entire team, from the director, to administrative support, donations, deconstruction and the retail division has it down. Baltimore, and us who live here, are lucky to have this organization !!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Second Chance is a place like no other. You really have to go there to appreciate the kind of place it is. The amount of inventory they have is amazing. You can find anything from a lovely sofa to a bathroom sink - all at great prices! It's mission speaks volumes. Great job!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Second chance does incredible work for the Baltimore community. Their concern for our lived environment exceeds all other similar organizations, as they so amazing things to divert waste and reuse these items. Most importantly, however, Second Chance is doing much needed work for the returning citizens in our community. In the era of mass incarceration in America, programs the focus on reentry to reduce recidivism are essential to break the toxic cycle. The job training programs and general compassion for their employees that Second Chance provides is an essential services for our entire society.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

What a TERRIFIC organization! Our school's Mothers' Club researched dozens of non-profits to donate our time and resources and Second Chance was at the top of our list. The staff was friendly and extremely thankful for our volunteerism. Plus, we heard from an employee with a wonderful success story about how the organization helped him learn a trade and new skills. The founder, Mark Foster was genuine and teared up...even after hearing the story multiple times. I highly recommend Second Chance for volunteerism, donation of items, and shopping. THE BEST!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

From the folks who make the smart environmental choice for deconstruction of their home, to the public that loves the incredible range of products for sale in the warehouse (quirky to historically accurate to just-plain-good-deal), to the donor community, to the amazing volunteers, to the very fine men and women (the youthful as well as the wise in years) who do the day-to-day, on-the-ground work ... SECOND CHANCE is an amazing testimony to what can be accomplished when community comes together! It's an organic collaboration that unites people from literally every walk of life ... a model for what's possible. Five stars, y'all! Five stars!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

WOWZA! This place is HUGE! If you are looking for unique, thrifty finds for the home, this is a great place to start (and hopefully, end). There's everything from antique coffee tables and light fixtures to vintage dressers and armoires. You can also find reclaimed items like faucets and yes, even the kitchen sink.

The space is M A S S I V E - massive and cold, so bundle up! I swear, it's colder indoors than it is outside. Don't say I didn't warn ya. Make sure you have some time to really spend here too, because you are going to want to explore every corner. A fabulous shop and a great mission. What else can you ask for?

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Not only does Second Chance provide a great service to the community, their customer service is unparalleled. Every time I shop in the store I am impressed with the courteous and prompt assistance I receive. The selection available is very impressive as well and surprisingly well organized for a resale store. All of this combines to make shopping there a very enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend Second Chance Inc to anyone who is looking to improve their home with a unique piece that has the added bonus of being a sustainable and socially responsible purchase.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Second Chance's amazing mission to provide training and experience to those re-entering the job market is only one third of the story. They have placed countless workers into permanent jobs after their training, but have also saved so much material from entering the waste stream. Literally tons of material each and every day. And if that's all they did, that would be noteworthy. BUT, they Second Chance store in Baltimore offers everything from barn wood to fine glassware and treadmills to valuable art and antiques. Their enormous showroom offers something for every taste and in every price range. And all the proceeds start the cycle over again. I highly recommend Second Chance, Inc.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Second Chance fills a void like no other type of enterprise could. It does double duty by making unwanted or unloved items desirable again, and giving some young people the opportunity to make themselves useful, as well. The vision that Second Chance began with is still a vital part of making our city the unique, historical, and green place that it should be! Reuse, recycle, retrain - makes all the difference.
We love the place, and appreciate all the effort that has gone into making it just what it is - a haven for items that may not have seen the light of day, a gorgeous place to shop, and a place to restart lives! Thanks, Second Chance, to all of your volunteers, workers, and even the shoppers! Bravo!

 
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