Second Chance Inc

Rating: 4.93 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Job Training

Location: 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.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 52-2276640
410-385-1101
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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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2 people found this review helpful

SO many possibilities and awesome finds at Second Chance! Not only are there great things there, they do great things for our community! That is what it is all about.

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The nonprofit I work for, BARCS, recently had our first Canine, Feline, Drink Wine, fundraising event at Second Chance. It was a big success thanks to everyone @ Second Chance and all their hard work.Special shout out to Elizabeth McMonagle who went way beyond helping us. She is great.

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2013

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Second Chance is exactly that, a second chance for ex offenders who are trying to secure a future, for housing artifacts and supplies that can be reused or repurposed and a place for everyone to contribute to their society and world. We have sought out Second Chance for everything from Driveway gates to drawer handles. We start there in our numerous searches for the usual and the unusual. The staff has been very helpful and more than competent. A great choice!

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Second Chance has some great talent! The amazing things that they do to repurpose items is great!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Tell them to keep doing what they are doing!

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Second Chance truly gives those with "obstacles to employment" a second chance at a career. Looking past what paper may say, they give individuals with dedication and detemrination a chance to make a better life for themselves and their families.

What is even better, not only do they serve the individuals, giving them skills in the deconstruction field, they are saving building materials from ending up in the landfill by selling it to those of us looking to bring a bit of architectural history into our home.

Good work Second Chance!

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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2013

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As avid do-it-yourselfers, we typically have some construction project going around our home. Second Chance is an incredible resource to anyone interested in saving money, adding a unique touch to building projects, and especially those of us committed to reusing valuable materials and keeping them out of the landfill. It's a good feeling to accomplish all of the above, but even better to know that the materials are part of a much more important mission - helping people put their lives back together by learning a trade and gaining self-respect. Plus, it's just downright fun! Sometimes I love just wandering around in their warehouse to see what cool stuff came in this week. And the guys on the floor are all super helpful and engaged in what they do. Their pride in their organization and in their ability to be of help shows through every time.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Second Chance is in the process of deconstructing a house in our neighborhood and I have been thoroughly impressed with their work. My daughter and I walk by the site on our way home from her preschool and we have both been fascinated to watch the process and the foreman has been very kind in explaining the process to us. It is incredibly heartening to know that the materials will be re-used. Houses in our neighborhood are being demolished to make room for bigger homes at an astonishing rate and I'm always nauseated by the waste as I see the materials carted off to the dump. This organization truly is a win-win-win for the people receiving job training, the community and the environment. Keep up the good work!

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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