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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Job Training

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.

Programs: Job training in building deconstruction

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

As an interior designer and a big fan of Second Chance, I encourage all my clients to donate everything they can from their renovation projects to Second Chance. Not only do my clients get a tax write-off, they get a savings on their contractor's fees when the professional staff from SC comes to the site and picks up everything being donated for free. This is a win-win situation for everyone. My clients are always so excited to learn about Second Chance they actually go around their homes and look for everything they can possibly donate to help support the cause of Second Chance.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A lady told my husband about Second Chance while he was in Lowes, and when he got home, we looked it up and took a ride over. What a fantastic experience!! Everywhere we looked, possibilities !! Old things, reclaimed wood, desks, chairs, marble, furniture !! We wished we had more money; we wanted everything!!! Love this place; we come every month or so, and it's always changing and improving. The staff is so accommodating, so professional, so helpful and polite!! The cashiers are very happy and polite, and the whole experience is just so satisfying !! We highly recommend Second Chance !! You feel good knowing you are helping them help others and recycling too !! A+++++++ !!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a homeowner in the DC metro area and used Second Chance to reclaim as much of my house as possible before demolition. My floors, appliances, cabinets, sinks, toilets, windows, framing, furnace, etc. were reclaimed. I minimized my environmental impact, helped provide jobs, and felt very good about the quality of work and cleanliness of the job site with Second Chance. I can say with confidence that using Second Chance was an overwhelmingly positive experience and I would suggest anyone who is doing home renovation to consider the benefits Second Chance provides to both the environment, the economy and the area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our company was developing a property located not too far from Second Chance's offices and showroom. After learning of their mission, we were very supportive of their organization, as it not only helps people in need get job training and skills, but it allows building materials to get reused and repurposed, which is an added bonus. The people we have worked with have all been tremendously friendly, caring, and knowledgable and we won't hesitate to work with them again many times in the future.