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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

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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.