Second Chance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides people, materials and the environment with a second chance. We deconstruct buildings and homes, salvage usable materials and make those - and other donated items - available to the public for reuse in our 200,000 square feet of retail space. With the revenue generated, we provide job training and workforce development for those with employment obstacles in the Baltimore region.
Why Work with Second Chance?
Second Chance, Inc. creates "green collar jobs" by taking apart buildings that would otherwise be demolished and dumped in a landfill. We then offer the reclaimed materials and other donated goods to the public at a discount, helping fund our job training and workforce development programs that primarily serve those who face barriers to employment.
Triple Bottom Line Focus
We are a dynamic, established social enterprise with a true triple-bottom-line focus, always striving to give people, material and the environment meaningful second chances at new life.
“Sustainability” is much more than an industry buzzword to us. We divert many tons of perfectly good materials from the wastestream, thus greatly decreasing natural resource extraction, energy use, landfill burden and their harmful ecological impact.
We believe that people matter more than profits and those genuinely seeking a second chance should get it. By equipping individuals with life and vocational skills, we instill self-worth and help change families, communities and beyond.
Our model makes financial sense for everyone, offering significant tax advantages to donors and significant savings to consumers. The result is the creation of living wage jobs for those who've faced vocational challenges.
Hopefully we’ll be back to 7-day-a-week operations soon!
Second Chance Awarded $200,000 Neighborhood Builders® Grant from Bank of America!
Get to Know What Second Chance Is *Really* All about!
Baltimore Mag Lists SC among “Best Independent Furniture Stores” for “furnishings with character”!
Second Chance contributes to a second chance for East Grand Bahama after Dorian’s Devastation
SC in Building Forward – “Construction’s Dirty Secret: Deconstruction and reclaiming building materials are on the rise.”
“Old, But New” – SC Front & Center in the Cover Story of the Baltimore Sun’s “Weekend” Section
Second Chance Proudly Mentors Baltimore Teens Via YouthWorks for 11th Year!
SC Staff Interviewed on FM 89.3’s National “Crossroads” Broadcast
2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award – 6th Consecutive Year!
ABC’s WMAR Channel 2 News Story – “The non-profit Second Chance gives furniture, building materials and employees a new purpose”
SC in Next Avenue’s Article “Using Salvage Stores to Improve Your Home on the Cheap”
“Inside Second Chance, Baltimore’s treasure trove of repurposed home decor” in The Baltimore Sun
Named “Best Thrift Store” in Baltimore Sun’s 2019 “Baltimore’s Best!”
Who Wants to Winny the Mini?! Raffle Details Here….
Catch this Article on SC in the “Home Experts Showcase” section of “Baltimore Home”
Local Country Music Icon “Michael J” Gives SC a Lengthy Shout Out on Air!
Nice to make the front page of the Baltimore Sun…. even nicer to facilitate community service!
SC’s Workforce Development Restrains Recidivism! (Video)
“Renewable Resources: Instead of Heading to the Landfill, Repurpose discarded building materials” in Home and Design
Powerful Video: 3 More Stories of Successful Second Chances!
Pete & Jess Interviewed about SC and the Wreckers Ball on “BMore Lifestyle” on MyTV 24 Baltimore
Mark & Pete Interviewed by Kirk McKewen on the Anthony Lavine Show on 98 Rock!
Rustik Live Edge Furniture to Showcase Wares at Second Chance
Community Comeback Spotlight by Baltimore City Public School Students (Video)
“A Second Chance Marriage” by the staff of Bittersweet
Introducing “Second Chance Founder’s Repurposed, Reclaimed House” in Baltimore Fishbowl
Second Chance Named Among Places Not to Miss in Baltimore!
“Bel-Loc Diner sign gets new life at Second Chance shop” in the Baltimore Sun
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