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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



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



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.



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.



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.