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Second Chance Inc

Rating: 4.93 stars   41 reviews 6,537

Nonprofit Issues:

Job Training

Address:

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

As a customer, volunteer, and student I have benefitted from Second Chance. This nonprofit touches the community it works in in so many far reaching ways. From diverting waste to providing opportunity, to being a cheaper and funkier alternative to Ikea for students in the area, Second Chance in unique and effective in what they do. Baltimore is without a doubt a better place because of Second Chance!

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1 person found this review helpful

Great place. Great group of people. Have never gone here and left empty handed. Highly recommend to others.

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1 person found this review helpful

Amazing Customer Service!! We needed help with Coffee Bags and Chuck was right there to offer his services today!! Could not have started out project without his Amazing help! All the employees there are always so helpful! We are repeat customers! Quality items at amazing prices!!! Thank You for being such a Huge part of Baltimore!!!!!

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2 people found this review helpful

Second Chance Inc. is an incredible organization. They have designed a socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable system. Their organization takes individuals who are chronically out of work, a huge problem in post-industrial Baltimore, and gives them the training and support they need to develop lifelong habits to succeed as workers, as community members, and as individuals. I have heard countless anecdotes about individuals who work for Second Chance who's lives were diverted from drugs, crime, or poverty simply because they were given a chance to escape that system and to grow through Second Chance's training program and eventually to thrive.

Second Chance is also incredibly environmentally friendly. They divert a massive amount of C&D "waste" from landfills whose capacity is quickly running out. Instead individuals who are interested in constructing and furnishing their homes in environmentally friendly and/or less expensive ways can do so with quality materials that have been rescued from being wasted. As our society begins to realize we do not live on a planet of infinite resources and starts searching for alternatives to the wasteful consumerist pursuit of the next new thing, I can only imagine the popularity of stores such as Second Chance will skyrocket.

Finally, while accomplishing these significant and important goals for a nonprofit, Second Chance Inc. has managed to be financially sustainable as well! By offering tax credits to donors and then being able to carefully salvage quality items which are displayed in an aesthetically pleasing warehouse, Second Chance has managed to be profitable independent of donations and subsidies, an incredible feat for a young nonprofit. Their business has grown by leaps and bounds and shows now signs of stopping.

In short, Second Chance Inc. meets and exceeds the three criteria for socially responsible investing and any investment in growing their company or expanding their business model would be a worthwhile one.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Great place for unique pieces and the staff is great! Incredible mission of re-using items and caring for people so that they can receive job skills and hope. Nice of them to be open on Sundays after the Raven's games too ;-)

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It's a sustainable ecosystem. A donation to Second Chance goes so far and makes such a huge difference! As an organization with the foresight and commitment to connect the dots between labor, learning and job opportunity as well as the green economy Second Chance has created a non-profit approach that is enduring and powerful. Fabulously de-constructed, quality materials and recovered items offer an opportunity to beautify in addition to lowering your carbon footprint. All around, very impressive!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a former dual-manager at Second Chance I can say that they are one of the most caring, supportive organizations I have ever worked for. They are invested in their staff and provide opportunity and training for advancement not only professional but personally as well! In my current employment role I continue to work in partnership with Second Chance to place deserving individuals with employment and training opportunities so that they too can have their "Second Chance"!

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1 person found this review helpful

I visit and support Second Chance as often as possible, I always find amazing things and leave with not only different pieces but lots of inspiration. The staff and crew are exceptional! Friendly& helpful always!! The work they do for the community and its people is to be commended!

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Second Chance, Inc. is an amazing place! We began originally to find time period piece for our 1929 Baltimore rowhouse. The one thing that stands out is the customer service. From the time we walked in we couldn't have asked for better customer service. We have been back many times (often for things we didn't NEED but had to have) and are always amazed at the level of friendliness and helpfulness of everyone there - even when we are just wandering around.

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2 people found this review helpful

Amazing place to find that item you really need to enchance your home. At a fantastic price too! Great customer service! The gentleman that was helping me ran out of the item I needed. He told me where to go to get it. I bought some items from Second Chance and I am totally satisfied with them!! A+++++++++++ I am a loyal customer for life!!! And Thank You for the free old window out front. You are truly an asset to the community of Baltimore and Maryland!!

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