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.
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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 !!
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"!
Second Chance is one of those rare organizations that has committed itself to a true triple bottom line. The workforce development program is addressing one of Baltimore's greatest social challenges, joblessness among those with barriers to employment. The totals tons of demo waste that is diverted from landfills and ultimately repurposed is a model for positive environmental impact. The thing I like most, however, is its ability to sustain itself financially; looking to the donor community for growth initiatives but not daily operations. I got such a good look at the dynamics of Second Chance as a consultant, that had to join the team. Jeff Carroll, former consultant now SC employee