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Second Chance Employment Services Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: Our mission is to promote financial security for at-risk women and their dependents through comprehensive job training and employment placement services. The vast majority of the women we serve are victims of domestic violence, though we serve other at-risk women as well. Second Chance provides free professional human resource services to help our clients enter the workforce. We establish the communication pipeline between public and private organizations who offer employment and sponsorship opportunities, we guide clients through every aspect of their job search, and we follow up with our clients for at least two years after placement. (See www.scesnet.org) The goal is to actively assist at-risk women in achieving meaningful, long-term employment positions. We have seen from experience that when these women obtain such employment, they are empowered to become truly self sufficient, to rebuild self-worth, and to leave the cycle of violence permanently. Women from all walks of life have been placed in meaningful, long term employment positions with SCES' assistance. In fact, Second Chance has placed over 600 women in such positions since we opened our doors in 2002.

Results: Over 600 women placed in meaningful, long-term employment positions; Over 1,200 women served.

Geographic areas served: DC, MD, VA, NY, and more

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

From day one, when Dr. Ludy Green asked me to be on the Board, I didn’t hesitate. The work she does is extraordinary, and so crucial to the community it serves. When you understand the cycle of abuse, you know that women are not the only victims. Their children are also abused, elderly parents, family animals. Through denying any kind of independence, the abuser keeps the family locked into the most destructive pattern there is. Second Chance Employment Services goes right to the core of the problem with solid solutions. It is absolutely fundamental in breaking this cycle of abuse, a cycle that often repeats itself in children of abusers. By saving the mother, SCES is also saving a second generation. First, by getting women out of this death-hold; and secondly by providing training and placement in professional careers. It’s not a quick fix, not a patch. These women need long-term careers so they can have the financial security they need. Dr. Green’s dedication is unflagging; she has channeled a lifetime of experience in Human Resources and a Ph.D in Industrial Organizational Psychology entirely to the good of others, creating an impressive network that touches so many lives. I have seen SCES evolve through the years, and I have met the women she helps on numerous occasions. To hear their stories and see how they’ve re-built their lives is truly inspirational.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my privilege to serve as a volunteer with Second Chance Employment Services, and to provide offices in our corporate headquarters. The training and guidance the women receive is of the highest level, the follow-up work is done meticulously, the scheduling of appointments is handled professionally. Nothing is left to chance because there are human resources professionals guiding their every step. These women are sent into the workforce career- ready, and there is a job waiting for them. When they first come to SCES, they truly don't know how they will survive, they have a feeling of worthlessness. All of this has been beaten into them. Here, we see them bloom, we see them believe in themselves, we see them come to the realization that they have value, that they can pull themselves up, pull their families and extended families up. It is an amazing metamorphosis, and I am proud to be a part of it.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

We have supported Second Chance Employment Services since its founding. Dr. Ludy Green (and her husband, Joe) captured our hearts with their vision of the need and the opportunity back in 2001. Ludy has taken the organization to a level beyond what we ever expected in those early days. But her dream, her leadership, her passion, the widespread critical need, the wonderful team of volunteers, the benevolent supporters and the business and professional relationships she has developed have built a synergistic, powerful, non profit that has made a difference in so many lives. SCES is truly a force addressing a crying need in a way that continues to tug at our heart strings. They've provided food, shelter, employment, transportation, baby-sitting, medical care, counseling, financial advice...whatever is required to help abused women in need. SCES truly is a GREAT NONPROFIT! Ken and Linda Thornton

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Ludy Green and Second Chance Employment Services for several years supporting their efforts to empower their clients with financial independence. We have helped with resumes, interviewing skills and ultimately securing employment. This organization treats each client as an individual and knows no bounds in terms of seeking the necessary resources that will prepare them for future success. The respect that this organization demands for the clients ensures they will see themselves differently - as valued, worthy and competent to move out of their current situation to a life where they are safe, productive and able to support themselves and their families.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience has been participating in the committee that organizes its annual fundraising gala that raises funds to help meet its annual operating costs. This non-profit has an extremely dedicated and experienced group of supporters who help organize this annual event.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known and observed the work that Second Chance Employment Service has done since its inception in 2001. SCES has grown considerably but it has remained steadfast on the most important contribution. SCES provides "real" help for the those in need with the most difficult aspect of the process "the initial break" from the abuser. SCES provides real logistical assistance in helping women make the transition from the abusive environment by bringing them to a place where they can begin the process of healing and building independance. Without the hands on assistance with "breaking free" victims would never be able to start anew.

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to meet Ludy Green earlier this year at a conference in Ohio. As a professional in this field for over 25 years, I am extremely impressed with the work of Second Change Employment Services. Their mission is meeting such a critical need of domestic violence survivors- changing their lives.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

Second Chance inspires participation from everyone it touches. Ludy Green's passion for helping women who are victims of abuse find not just jobs, but *meaningful* employment and a healthy life makes this group an exceptional community resource. They are adamant about ensuring that work is career-oriented and pays a salary/wage that will support the client and her children. I have seen Ludy and her volunteers go to great lengths to meet the needs of their clients - from providing them pratical financial education like my firm donates, to finding housing, childcare, and even corrective surgery and therapy to address the physical and emotional damage these women have endured. Ludy and her team are worthy of the highest praise, and all the support they can get.

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I helped out Second Chance Services with their systems needs in order to operate reliably and efficiently. I have seen and experienced their hard work first hand, and from my experience, the staff have always been extremely friendly, courteous, professional and diligent. Second Chance works hard to provide for the needs of the community and the people that they serve. I cannot say enough great things about this organization.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

I first met Dr. Green in early 2009 when I presented her with a grant check from the Rotary Foundation of Washington, DC. She is one of the most dynamic and unique individuals I have ever met. She is sincere, warm and genuinely dedicated to helping others. It is a privledge to know her. She does fantastic and extremely needed work that I commend her for.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Second Chance Employment Services takes the next step in assisting the abused...once they get to a shelter...how do they get out? How do they make a life for themselves? This is where Second Chance comes in...they make it possible for abused women and children from all walks of life to start anew...by getting food, shelter and clothing...as well as the economic independence that comes with gainful employment. Having been involved with this charity for many years in both an Advisory Board capacity and as a donor, and having seen the positive effects SCES has had on the lives of many...I believe this is a worthy cause.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance does amazing work, helping women who have been abused becomefinancially independent. I had the privilege of being a job partner with Second Chance to help place some if their clients in positions. The candidates were excellent and well prepared and there was no fee! This is a win win situation for employers. I urge potential employers to partner with Second Chance and be part of this wonderful organization. You will get a great candidate pool and be giving back. I also urge those of you who feel in the Holiday Spirit to send donations. In preparing these women for the positions second chance needs resources.