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Second Chance Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Job Training, Thrift Shops

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 and retail

Community Stories

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

Second Chance is one of my favorite community partners! I have sent countless students to volunteer with Second Chance over the last few years because I know they will always experience a meaningful day of service. The team at Second Chance takes the time to share the true meaning of what Second Chance is all about and their impact on our community. My students come away from volunteering from Second Chance with new skills (they love pulling nails from the wood!) and a greater appreciation and insight for those who have previously been incarcerated. Thank you to Second Chance for making my life as a volunteer coordinator so easy! See you soon!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Our group had a great experience volunteering for Second Chance. The people we worked with were personable and professional, and we were able to understand how our contribution helped their overall mission. Equally important, we got to meet and learn from great people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a customer, I have shopped here for my home multiple times. That experience alone is worth bragging about. However, as an employee of TEKsystems, I had the opportunity to volunteer here for a day and see what type of hard work goes into their daily routine. The employees were awesome, helpful, and very willing to help us with all of our questions. In learning about this nonprofit, I learned how all of the employees hired are people being given a second chance at their life and how impactful this place was for these men and women. Very empowering. I would definitely be willing to go back and volunteer more of my time.

1 D. Jake H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance has not only been working to provide housing and other living essentials but to also give opportunities to honest people coming from a harsh background. The testimonials given to us by some of their employees pulled at our heartstrings and made us appreciate just what sort of assistance Second Chance gives. It's so hard to come from where they have been and this is the perfect first step to getting on the right path.

We were there with TEK Systems for #TEKgivesback and it was only a few hours of pulling nails and cleaning refurbished products but we were able to make connections that would have never been possible if Second Chance weren't there for them. Their fundamental desire to help give people experience and trade skills is the reason so many have made it back to a stable life.

As one volunteer said, Second Chance isn't here to just give these products another chance at life but to give people a second chance too.

Thank you.

1 Peter 1:3-5

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Second Chance! I was first a customer, then a donor and then a volunteer. And now I am a repeat customer, donor and volunteer. Second Chance is a great place to come and feel good about the world. Retrain, Reclaim, Renew... that is what it is all about!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently volunteered with my company at Second Chance and it was amazing! To have a place that gives those who need a second chance a SECOND CHANCE! The management team is very passionate about their organization and it passes through their staff as well. I had a great time working along side the many men and woman who work there. Kareem, Brian, and mareice were great! They made sure we had everything we needed and made sure we met back with our teams at the correct times. This organization is absolutely beautiful from its mission to the wonderful things they sell! And they sell everything! My new place to shop and volunteer!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization! They are helping people in need and helping the environment, while improving the appearance of Baltimore. I loved my volunteer experience there and will definitely return! The leadership is great and their employees are wonderful, hard-working folks just trying to get ahead!

1 Jerry H.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great cause, even better people... Love working with them and would most definitely recommend them to anyone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very well run and organized. Everyone that we interacted with was dedicated and seemed to really enjoy their jobs and the work that they were doing.

1 Keaton W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Absolutely Love Second Chance! They have an incredible mission and an incredible staff. I have loved all our work with them and thoroughly enjoy their initiative in leaning new things and trying new things.

Anyone who ever needs a testimonial regarding this organization just call away and ill go and on about how great they are!

Cheers to Second Chance!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was blown away with the decor when walking into the building. Building parts and Marquee signs dressed the area, some of which brought me back to some of the old buildings and museums I had visited.

But I was there to do a job, my group volunteered to assist with simple tasks for the day, and left with a better feeling from a Second Chance. The professionalism in the building, coupled with the stress on safety and their cordial attitude helped us to get the job done for the day.

My favorite part was spending time with those employed, learning some of the tricks of the trade and seeing everything through their eyes. From a hammer and nails to a broom, I could hear the "Whistle while you work attitude everyone walked around with.

After my day of work, I walked out proud of the team we had become for the day and proud of earning the callouses I had made.

This place is a DIY dream and Top Notch!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just recently had the opportunity to volunteer at Second Chance with my coworkers and colleagues. I was so touched to hear the stories of so many of the employees that were offered a chance to start over irrespective of their backgrounds. I was touched to be able to share a day with a few of the employees working on the floor that day. In particular, I spent the most time with Karim and Bryan. They made us feel like we were truly a part of their team. They anticipated what we may have needed to complete the tasks assigned to us and frequently checked in to make sure that we were alright. They made our experience fun with light humor and by simply being themselves. I was honored to work alongside these individuals as they were so humble and hard-working. It was a pleasure to spend the day with them and I'm so excited that this non-profit organization pours so much into the lives of people who want create a better lives for themselves. It's absolutely amazing the amount of support this organization provides to the people who join their team, and to the community as a whole.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is doing great I was proud to volunteer and contribute to a great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working wit Second Chance for the better part of four years- both as student volunteer and now as a professional in Baltimore. This organization is the best of the best and truly showcase what it means to build a "better Baltimore." Every volunteer that comes to the organization is taken with the charm and treasures of the warehouse but also the heart wrenching and inspiring stories of those who work at Second Chance. After a morning of volunteering, there is nothing better than roaming the showroom floor looking for a great deal!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered a few times with Second Chance this past year, as well as being an avid shopper . The folks that work here are phenomenal, caring, and passionate about what they do. Their mission can be seen in how they operate daily, and I hope more people will stop by!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So yesterday I finally made it into this store! Every employee I encountered friendly, professional and helpful (so not what happens at big box stores)! And trust me, I had lots of questions! The store was incredibly organized! And the treasures I discovered! I can't wait to go back, just to explore! Btw, I did find the medicine cabinet I came for. And it was so much better than I'd hoped to find (real wood and half off, oh my!) I love this place!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chance was a pleasure to deal with. We are building a house long distance and used them to recycle the material in the old house that was to be demolished. They handled everything! After meeting the team and being impressed with their professionalism and care, we didn't even have to show up. They did the job in a timely manner and left the site secured. They made doing a good deed painless and pleasant. We highly recommend them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chance is very easy to work with and the team there is fantastic!

1 Emily F.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cari and her team are extremely helpful and professional! We have a great partnership with them, as we are a charity as well. When we are not able to accept donations, it helps knowing that I can refer the donors to Cari who will work swiftly to accommodate them! Second Chance also accepts our donations when they are not sold, which also creates a great feeling knowing that the items are going somewhere else for an amazing cause!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had such a great experience with Second Chance who came in before our demo team to reuse, resell and properly dispose of more than 60% of a house we were tearing down. They were so helpful and responsive and amazing communicators. They were conservative and realistic with their estimate of how much of our structure they could use/reuse - and then we were so pleased when they were able to take even more. From start to finish, such a smooth, well-run organization. Highly recommend them!