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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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Geraldine L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been to Second Chance many times and LOVE it. Great prices on some nice pieces. Never know what you’ll find there. And I love they’re giving both people and things a second chance.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Second Chance is an amazing Baltimore treasure! I could spend hours wandering their huge array of materials. It's also a great place to volunteer!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Second Chance! I really enjoy this place as a new home owner. There is always something there for my home :)

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Second Chance is a do-it-yourselfer's wonderland. I am on a limited budget and love going there not only to get fantastic quality for extraordinary prices but I get to see a world of priceless furniture, accessories and items that I would never see in regular retail outlets. I find myself wandering about just dreaming of where some of the products may have originated. Did they come from castles, mansions, famous people or exotic places. Such a vast array of different and unique produces. YOU HAD ME AT HELLO!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are so lucky to have Second Chance in Baltimore. They provide our citizens with barriers to employment an opportunity to learn job skills, divert tons of useable materials from the landfill and help other non profits also get the way. Their mission...retrain, reclaim and renew should be adopted for our whole city. Love this place!

1 Mark181

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Second Chance does a wonderful job helping those with barriers to employment learn healthy, marketable vocational skills. In the process, they divert tons of debris from the wastestream and provide a treasure trovew of products to the public in their 200,000+ sq ft retail warehouse. They truly provide a win-win-win for Baltimore and beyond!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

From start to finish, Second Chance provided an amazing experience for our group! I worked with KC to plan this event and work out the details for the day - every step of the way she was positive, response and best of all EXCITED! Because of this, for me (as the coordinator) the day was a breeze! For our volunteers, they had such an amazing experience working with all of the Second Chance folks, learning about their experiences and most importantly - putting in some work! We received such high praise from our volunteers about Second Chance. They loved that they got to do some real work and left feeling like what they did made a difference. I would highly recommend Second Chance for a group, ours was about 30 people and we were broken up into smaller groups, which worked well! Thanks, Second Chance, for such an important mission and sharing it with us for an afternoon!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second Chance is a phenomenal social enterprise, located in the heart of Baltimore yet extending it's influence up and down the East Coast. How many organizations can boast that they provide a second chance for people, for products, and also for the planet? It seems that everything they do, from their massive store to their friendly donations team to their engaging social media, is done with excellence. I can't recommend them highly enough!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

2nd Chance did a great job! Although I was not there during the deconstruction, my contractor was very pleased with their performance.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was wary of using this charity because I had never heard of them and we, being located in Colorado, don't usually contract with a company half way across the U.S. Their performance on the site changed my mind completely. The six man crew they sent was absolutely outstanding, if I could think of higher praise I would give it. They were some of the hardest working, best attitude men I have had the pleasure of working with in 35 years of construction. 100% endorse them and I have shared my story with many in the building community in Colorado.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place and its mission statement. They have an ever changing, huge inventory of furniture, appliances, art, and miscellaneous items (today I saw a small canoe size boat and a hot tub).

Items used for filming movies and tv shows as well as historic pieces find their way there as well as furnishings from demolished homes.

For those who donate you get a tax break and for patrons you're helping support training for their employees, many of whom are getting a second chance in the working world and in life due to previous convictions.

The staff is always ample, working together from fork lift operators to sales people to those assisting on the floor to bring items from the display areas located through out the ware house to the loading dock.

Parking is never an issue and you could spend hours there strolling up and down the aisles created by all the goods!

Prices vary but are fair and there are three prices based on the date. For example if an item isn't sold by the dates listed the price goes down. They have sales and holiday shopping prices too.

If you're looking for great items that you won't find anywhere else, and things with a story and character this is your place.

I would go every weekend if I could. The bathroom isn't the cleanest and it's cold because it's a huge drafty Ware house but other than that no complaints.

As you shop it's best to claim items by getting a salesperson to write up a ticket and have it moved to the loading area. Cash or card accepted.

We are so excited to make our own dining room table with lumber and materials we bought today.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Second Chance is an incredible asset to the Baltimore City community. Its three-fold approach of retraining, reclaiming, and renewing uniquely tackles problems central to the area with its dual mission to recycle furniture and provide job training.

Additionally, the employees that I've interacted with are so invested in the mission and have been really great to work with. Thanks to Second Chance for everything it's doing to better Baltimore City!

1

Client Served

Rating: 1

They may do a lot in the world of non profits but the customer service is terrible and when contacted about issues you get a pre composed response telling you to what any normal person would if an issue arises and ask for a manger. Having items sold out from under you and waiting 45 minutes for a sales rep is insane.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just completed a fantastic experience working with Second Chance. After deciding to do a complete tear down on the lot I own in Norther Virginia I contacted Second Chance. I wanted to promote two important causes including the environmentally friendly reuse of the materials of my tear down and as well as to help enable construction related skill building of their staff members at the same time.
They were very professional, prompt, responsive, and easy to work with. They understood the inherit schedule changes in any major construction project. They were very flexible with the scheduling of their work and even accommodated some last minute changes to make sure my construction project could proceed ahead of schedule.
I would definitely recommend Second Chance for anyone who is thinking of tearing down an existing structure. They are pro's! Thank you to Second Chance and all the great people who make this charitable organization thrive!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beyond my expectation! I had heard great things, so my expectations were high, but even still, I rate 11/10. The job was done perfectly, the site was left immaculate. Furthermore the guys were polite, courious, respectful to my neighbors, extremely maticulous and very hard working. Job was done in under 2 weeks including falling on a holiday. The guys even helped me move some heavy furniture that I needed to store on site from the garage. What an amazing operation. Couldn't give a higher recommendation from start to finish (appraisal through completion). Thanks Ryan M and Gene M for your accessibility and hand holding throughout.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a case manager working to help the formerly homeless in Baltimore City. One of the barriers we confront is getting furniture for extremely low income families once they are housed. Since partnering with Second Chance I have been able to supply furniture to over 40 families in need in a year's time. Second Chance has been my miracle maker. Thank you!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Second Chance has been my favorite destination for vintage stuff treasure-hunting for years. Last week, I had the pleasure of having them come to pick up half a houseful of furniture, art, lamps, etc. Scheduling was a breeze, the crew was on time, and the guys (crew of three) were fast, careful, courteous, and super professional--truly a joy to work with. I could not be more impressed or recommend Second Chance more both for shopping and for donating. Thanks so much, guys.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Second Chance Inc. is a place that provides meaningful benefits to the Baltimore area: opportunities for community members struggling to find gainful employment, preservation of the historic architectural heritage of the City, and environmental stewardship through diversion of one of the largest streams of landfill waste: Construction and Demolition.

Besides these instrumental benefits, Second Chance is a wonderful place to shop and visit! In their 600,000 square foot warehouse you can find anything you need for your home from a full kitchen or bathroom to an interesting conversation piece to a lovely antique chair or sofa....and all at great prices!

If you are thinking about donating any furniture, books, or other material, look no further than Second Chance Inc.!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only does Second Chance provide a great service to the community, their customer service is unparalleled. Every time I shop in the store I am impressed with the courteous and prompt assistance I receive. The selection available is very impressive as well and surprisingly well organized for a resale store. All of this combines to make shopping there a very enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend Second Chance Inc to anyone who is looking to improve their home with a unique piece that has the added bonus of being a sustainable and socially responsible purchase.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Second Chance is an unbelievably impressive organization. For anyone interested in historic preservation and those interested in helping our local community, this is the place for you. You will find historic details from old homes that you cannot find in todays market. Doorknobs, mantels, bathtubs....the list is endless of the unique pieces you will find.
Why buy new when you can use pieces from the past ready for you?
Seeing the overwhelming amount of inventory the warehouse holds and knowing the amazing group of people who worked to fill the warehouse is a good feeling as you shop. Second Chance gives people who are looking for work and to improve their future, the opportunity to learn a trade and to give them the confidence to move forward with their lives.
Go see for yourself this impressive business!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an architect in Baltimore, I am thrilled to have such an amazing resource. I have found many hard to find historic elements for reuse as well as period pieces for projects, doors and trim to match, etc. Not only does this place help restore the community and offer jobs and jobs training, it helps restore the architecture of the city! The staff and employees are always helpful and friendly. The facility is like a museum and a great place to explore! If you haven't been to visit, you should put this place on your list!