1700 Ridgely Street, Baltimore, MD 21230



A Glance at Second Chance

In addition to posts on our Facebook page and YouTube channel, here are some visual ways to understand and appreciate the vast mission and impact of Second Chance….

ABC's WMAR Channel 2 News Story - "The non-profit Second Chance gives furniture, building materials and employees a new purpose"

June 17, 2019 - "The non-profit Second Chance gives furniture, building materials and employees a new purpose" by Megan Knight of ABC's WMAR Channel 2 in Baltimore

If you're driving down I-95 South heading out of the city, there's a chance you've seen a massive warehouse with the words "What Is And What Can Be" written across it.

It's the home of a non-profit called Second Chance, where everything, and everyone, inside the warehouse is given a second chance.

"We are about second chances for people first, but also for product and also for the planet," said Pete Theodore, the marketing manager for Second Chance.

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Who Wants to Winny the Mini?! Raffle Details Here....

The Mini Cooper has entered the building, and now you can enter the raffle!

Tickets are $100 each. Only 100 will be sold, so you'll have at least a 1 in 100 chance to win this beautiful 2008 convertible Mini Cooper with under 65k miles, only one owner, all maintenance records, passed MD state inspection and valued at $9,900! Come "kick the tires" by the sales desk, where you can purchase your ticket starting today. (Store directions here.)

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Season's Greetings from Second Chance

We're grateful for each of you during this season of celebrations!

-Your Second Chance Team

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SC's Workforce Development Restrains Recidivism! (Video)

The ability to gain marketable skills and employment opportunities is key to the success of those returning to society from incarceration. Check out this encouraging shot-on-location video about re-entry, recidivism and second chances!

(Produced by Jazmin Smith)

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Bouncing Back: Brandon's Second Chance Success

Discover the role Second Chance has played in the life of a remarkable man who once ran the Baltimore streets....

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Powerful Video: 3 More Stories of Successful Second Chances!

Why does Second Chance do what we do? For a big part of the answer, please watch Jessica, Brandon and Victor share their inspirational journeys and the compelling role Second Chance has played in them....

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Pete & Jess Interviewed about SC and the Wreckers Ball on "BMore Lifestyle" on MyTV 24 Baltimore

On October 10, 2018, Pete and Jess appeared on BMore Lifestyle to share what Second Chance is all about and invite people to the nonprofit's annual Wreckers Ball on Saturday! Get tickets and info on this exciting annual "signature event" here, and check out the informative interview below....

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Lives Change at Second Chance: Jessica's Journey

Our big Wreckers Ball event on October 13 is fast approaching! While the night will truly be a "wrecking good time," there is a serious goal underlying it all.... greater exposure and support for our primary mission of providing second chances to those who've experienced barriers to employment. Jessica is one such person you'll hear from, and we think you'll find her second chance experience to be compelling.....

To learn more about and get tickets for the Wreckers Ball, please visit our event page.

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Mark & Pete Interviewed by Kirk McKewen on the Anthony Lavine Show on 98 Rock!

Several members of our leadership team enjoyed representing Second Chance as the featured nonprofit on 98 Rock's radio program headlined by the the Baltimore Ravens co-captain, Anthony Levine! Yummy food and drinks were served by Wayward Smokehouse in Federal Hill, and a guest appearance by up-and-coming Cornerback Tavon Young also amped up the energy. The supportive crowd brought smiles to our faces.


The highlight of the night for us was when Baltimore radio legend Kirk McEwen conducted a three minute interview of Mark Foster and Pete Theodore. Along with giving an overview of what Second Chance does, they were able to highlight the upcoming Wreckers Ball event. We are thankful for the broad exposure this opportunity afforded us!


Here is an audio recording of the full interview, followed by a video showing two minutes of it....


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Community Comeback Spotlight by Baltimore City Public School Students (Video)

Check out the premiere of a student-produced segment where they shine a spotlight on someone who has made a comeback in the community in a positive way. In this first episode from 2015, you'll meet Saleem El'amin. He spent 42 years in prison and, at the time of filming, was working his first job at the Second Chance Warehouse since returning to society just over a year before. After working at Second Chance for a couple years, Saleem accepted a promotion with Living Classrooms.

Community Comeback Stories- Episode 1- Saleem El'amin from Baltimore City Public Schools on Vimeo.


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“A Second Chance Marriage” by the staff of Bittersweet

"A Second Chance Marriage" by the staff of Bittersweet Monthly (2018)

Listen to Brandon and Jess share their powerful story of seizing their second chance....

To see more of this creative piece, of which this video is a small excerpt, please visit this link.

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SC Mentioned on TLC's "Trading Spaces" Again!

SC Mentioned on TLC's Trading Spaces Again!

Image our delight to see our humble coffee table enjoy an elegant makeover from designer Laurie Smith on a recent episode of TLC's #TradingSpaces! See more here: https://buff.ly/2LL5dIP

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"Baltimore’s Warehouse of Many Chances" - BittersweetMonthly.com Creatively Captures the Essence of SC

May 7, 2018 - "Baltimore’s Warehouse of Many Chances" by the staff of Bittersweet Monthly

Check out this creative piece complete with compelling copy, images and video. It captures the essence of Second Chance like nothing before. The folks at Bittersweet Monthly are so talented, and it is evident here that they skillfully harnessed all those abilities to uniquely present a holistic view of Second Chance. The stories of changed lives are, by themselves, downright inspiring. Enjoy!


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"Drama Queen" - Baltimore Magazine's Amazing Spring Fashion Photo Shoot at SC!

March 2018 - "Drama Queen" in Baltimore Magazine's Style Section by Lauren Bell

There's a lot we could say about this remarkable photo shoot held here, but we think the commentary and images say it best by themselves!

(P.S. These are merely scanned images from the magazine. Pick up your own copy to enjoy the finest quality colors, textures and details!)



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Scenes from 2017: Second Chance in 117 Seconds!


Whether we partnered together on a deconstruction or a donation project, you rolled up your sleeves to volunteer in our warehouse, or you shopped in our retail store to make your home a more beautiful place to live, we want to extend a warm thank you for your business and friendship. In fact, nearly 95% of our work has resulted from your kind referrals and the continued trust of our repeat clients. For this, we are truly grateful.

In support of our mission, we are excited to report that in 2017 more than 149,000 labor hours were created through our job training and employment programs, and over 10,970,000 pounds of waste were diverted from the landfill. We will share more remarkable reasons to thank you for your support in our upcoming Impact Report.

Please keep Second Chance in mind for your 2018 projects and be sure to recommend us to your friends, family and clients. You can reach us at 410-385-1700 or admin@secondchanceinc.org. We'd love to hear from you!

In the meantime, here's wishing you and yours a most healthy and prosperous New Year!

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Our Holiday Wish for You....

We're grateful for each of you during this season of celebrations!

-Your Second Chance Team

P.S. Our donations crews will be working throughout the holidays, and our store is open 9 to 5 every day except Christmas.


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A Chance To Change Lives!

Life can be hard. Pitfalls and barriers abound. We do our best to dodge the dangers, but sometimes we just get overwhelmed. Whatever your life story, you most likely know what it's like to need some kind of a second chance.

In the short video below, you'll meet three such folks. Antonio, Jess and Will know what it's like to be down on their luck, to put it mildly. At the height of their desperation, they were introduced to Second Chance. While we'd be naive  to claim all the credit for their remarkable transformation, please take just 90 seconds to hear from them directly about how instrumental our programs have been in moving them from chaotic and hopeless lives to those of healthy, constructive ones.

On the heels of a busy Thanksgiving holiday, including the commercialism of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, this thing called "Giving Tuesday" comes around to provide an avenue to support community causes you care about. It is a day that has become increasingly important to nonprofits like ours. Whatever day you happen to be reading this, we hope you'll consider donating so that Antonio, Jess and Will - and the hundreds of others they represent - will continue to find a life-changing second chance!

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CBS's WJZ-13: "Second Chance, Inc. Provides Just That For Home Wares… And People"

October 11, 2017 | From BALTIMORE (WJZ) Everything and everyone deserves a second chance. That’s the philosophy behind a local non-profit.

Re-train, reclaim and renew. That’s the philosophy at Second Chance, Inc.

The warehouse on Ridgely Street, and is 250,000 feet of stuff — furniture, lamps, sconces, book cases, art work — much of it taken from homes around the country that are being demolished. The idea is simple. Second Chance reclaims it, you come buy it and find a way to reuse it.

“We’re just a toy store for the people who are going to have fun with the stuff we reclaim,” says Mark Foster, who started Second Chance in 2003.

It’s so successful that it raises 99 percent of the money it uses. But it’s most important mission isn’t stuff, it’s people.

Two hundred men and women work in the warehouse full time. Antonio Johnson, now a retail manager, was in and out of jail three times until he got his “second chance.”

“I came down with my application and the rest is history and this was in 2008,” he says.

He’s one of thousands over the past decade whose life has been turned around by their time at Second Chance.

This Saturday night, Second Chance is hosting its fundraiser, “The Wreckers Ball.” Dress code is construction chic.

Second Chance is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit SecondChanceInc.org.

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More Set Items from "House of Cards" Arrive!

Whether it's a large media cabinet or a small vase, you can now own a piece of history from the hits series House of Cards!

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Meet Our New Mural with a Message! (Narrative & Video)


by Pete Theodore, Communications Manager

If you drove down Bush Street by Second Chance a few weeks ago, all you would’ve seen were barren bricks, varying shades of fading paint, and the sporadic graffiti tag. Now, an inspiring message of hope welcomes those who drive or walk along this stretch of the Gwynns Falls Trail.

Utilizing a generous grant from the Baltimore Development Corporation, Second Chance partnered with the talented Shawn James of Mural Masters, Inc. to depict its mission in a new 180-foot mural. The successful outcome of that venture is now evident.

The panorama unfolds from right to left to align with Bush Street’s one way traffic. Immediately, the viewer is gripped by the stark – even haunting – depiction of a man confined to a jail cell or, metaphorically, imprisoned by some weighty life obstacle. He’s deep in thought, contemplating where he is and where he wants to be. He clearly needs a “second chance,” and if someone will give it to him, he’s ready to seize it.

Well, somebody did… Second Chance. In the next frame, the man eagerly rolls up the sleeves of his new work shirt to begin job training in the art of deconstruction. He grips the sledgehammer tightly as he shatters his previous prison bars, while also carefully dismantling a home in order to salvage all its reusable parts.

As the mural progresses, the trainee is joined by others on the same journey of personal development through vocational success. Together, they process materials that were once destined for the landfill but are now being made available for reuse. Yes, these easily overlooked and discarded items also get a “second chance” at new life.

Customers are shopping at the store in the next frame. Whether they know it, their purchases and product donations are what make the story possible.

Finally, our central figure uses his training to progress beyond Second Chance. His skills are employed in a new trade – construction. The lessons he’s learned serve him well as he proudly builds his first home. The hands that once held bars now grip tools. He who was built is now building. His satisfaction is apparent, and his family and community are grateful.

Faint reflections of the green leaf from Second Chance’s logo flow throughout the mural. It ties the pieces into a unifying story, ultimately climaxing in an enlarged 3-panel logo that reminds onlookers of Second Chance’s central mission – to Reclaim, Retrain and Renew.

Murals are a Baltimore hallmark. Art is a global language. Our hope is that by combining the two, this memorial depicts for years to come our commitment to social and environmental progress in Baltimore and beyond. Your support in that journey is not only essential, it’s deeply appreciated!






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SC Staff Interviewed on MyTV (WUTB)

March 27, 2017 - Television Interview on MyTV

If you didn't catch it live on WUTB, here's your chance to watch Dana and Antonio interviewed about Second Chance on MyTV's "BMORE Lifestyle" show! We're grateful for every opportunity to share our nonprofit mission to retrain, reclaim and renew.


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Grateful for Our 2016 Corporate Donors!

In some ways, it takes money to change the world. That's why we are profoundly grateful to the 250+ individuals who supported Second Chance's workforce development programs with financial donations during 2016, along with the generous support of the following outstanding organizations depicted in this brief video!


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60 Seconds of 2016!

January 2, 2017 - "Sixty Seconds of 2016" by Pete Theodore

As we look ahead with vision and vigor, we look behind with joy and gratitude. Simply put, 2016 was a phenomenal year for Second Chance in so many ways! Please enjoy this pictorial compilation of some of the highlights we enjoyed:

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"A Second Chance to Get It Right"

December 16, 2016 - "A Second Chance to Get It Right" by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

We remain grateful for the support and encouragement we've enjoyed from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an outstanding nonprofit who demonstrably shares our commitment to the environment and the people within it! Check out this short video they produced about our mission....


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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Promotes Second Chance as a "National Model" on the Senate Floor

February 12, 2016 - "Second Chance, Inc.: A National Model" Released by the Office of Senator Benjamin Cardin

It's not every day that a U.S. Senator plugs your nonprofit work as a national model on the Senate floor in front of the President! We are grateful for Sen. Ben Cardin's support, which began in earnest when he led a roundtable at Second Chance to discuss how social enterprises could help address some of the myriad challenges faced in today's inner cities like Baltimore (read the press release here). View the video here.

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Video & Article on Second Chance by Upworthy - Viewed by Well Over a Million People!

January 22, 2016 - "'We can change.' This nonprofit is giving them the second chance they needed and the skills to succeed for years to come." by Jess Blank (video) and Eric March (article) of Upworthy.  

"The work at Second Chance — salvaging old houses — might be the perfect metaphor for the ways the business changes its workers’ lives."

Read the wildly popular article and view the video (at the end of the article) describing the work of Second Chance here.


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A ‘Second Chance’ for Salvaged Objects

July 17, 2015 - "A ‘Second Chance’ for Salvaged Objects" by Kim Hairston in The Baltimore Sun's "The Dark Room: Exploring Visual Journalism

"Second Chance, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation that sells reclaimed building materials, which fund job training and employment of Baltimore City residents who may have difficulties finding a job. Salvaged items in various categories are displayed in a 200,000 sq. ft. warehouse. Were it not for crews that carefully recover vendibles, many valuable materials, like lumber, vintage fixtures and appliances, might have ended up in an incinerator or a landfill." Enjoy these 17 images and captions.

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"Second Chance" by Byron Scott for CTV News

June 1, 2015 - "Second Chance" by Byron Scott for CTV News

This video was produced when Senator Ben Cardin encouraged us and participated in a roundtable discussion at Second Chance. Job training, environmental stewardship, workforce development, citizen (ex-offender) re-entry, and *hope* were key themes that, as you will see, affect real people in significant ways through our organization. 

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"Repurpose" in Baltimore Bride Magazine 2015

2015 Edition - "Repurpose" in Baltimore Bride Magazine

We participated in a photo shoot for the current issue of Baltimore Bride magazine on the pier at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. We loaned items to create a ceremony setting that features repurposed materials, the centerpiece being a massive door frame with half-moon transom. Vintage and repurposed items are hot in the wedding world right now, so keep us in mind when you're customizing your ceremony!  

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"Everything AND the Kitchen Sink" in The Baltimore Business Journal

July 11, 2014 - "Everything AND the Kitchen Sink" in The Baltimore Business Journal by Jaclyn Borowoski

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The York Room at Second Chance

April 8, 2014 - "The York Room at Second Chance" by Pete Theodore

Here's a 30-second video introducing our new "upscale-ish" furniture showroom!  Based on a large estate we deconstructed in York, PA -- some of whose materials are in the room -- we're fondly calling this area The York Room.  It's to the far right as you enter the store. Just open the glass doors, stroll down the art gallery, and you're there! Let us know what you think of the new space....and the many repurposing/upcycling examples incorporated into the design.

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"Loyola Spring Break 2014: Prison Reform" by Student Team

March 10, 2014 - "Loyola Spring Break 2014: Prison Reform" by Student Team

We always enjoy hosting volunteer groups for a few hours or a few days.  As in previous years, in 2014 a number of college groups chose to spend their spring break serving the mission of Second Chance. Their work is an honorable reflection on their schools, teams and campus groups, and their help is greatly appreciated!  Watch how one such group from Loyola University spent their 2014 vacation....

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Radio Interview -Second Chance's Mark Foster

Here is a recording of the January 25, 2014 radio interview of Second Chance's Mark Foster.  Aired on WBMD and WFSI, the "Community Involvement" segment -- hosted by Neil Gandara -- provides an insightful 15-minute overview of our nonprofit social enterprise.

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Virtual Tour of Second Chance Store

August 2013 - "Virtual Tour of Second Chance Store"

Sometimes a 200,000 sq ft retail space can be a little daunting to first time guests.  So we've put together a brief video tour of the Second Chance store to take some of the mystery out of what lies behind the walls at 1700 Ridgely Street in Baltimore.  Enjoy this little virtual tour...and come see us "live" soon!

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Second Chance Voice of America broadcast

Click here to listen to this nice radio segment on Second Chance that the Voice of America broadcast around the world in August of 2012.  Click here to read the web article and watch the accompanying video they produced for television. (Length: 4:15)

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Salvage Firm Reclaims Past, Builds Futures

August 2012 - "Salvage Firm Reclaims Past, Builds Futures"  T.V. segment produced by Voice of America

A talented crew from this internationally recognized organization produced this television segment after extensive interviews and footage.  The video has been translated into several languages and viewed all around the world!  Watch how the Voice of America captures the heart of Second Chance.....



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Second Chance Featured in Sprint Biz Commercial

February 2012 - "Second Chance Featured in Sprint Biz Commercial"

We were honored that Sprint selected us to be featured in an online commercial of successful businesses. Excitement was high as the cameras rolled in the field and warehouses during a couple chilly winter days. Then, a talented production crew went to work transforming hours of video into an amazing production. Check out this cool web commercial here!

We would also like to sincerely thank Sprint for donating to us a generous amount of phones, PDAs and tablets--all powered by a year of free service!  Watch the video for ideas of ways we can put the new technology to work to create more and better "second chances." 

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Second Chance' Helps Workforce, Rebuilds Antiques

January 25, 2012 - "Second Chance' Helps Workforce, Rebuilds Antiques"  Slideshow by WBAL TV

View this pictoral slideshow of cool Second Chance inventory....then come on over to see more of it in person!

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Ava Visits Shop Reclaiming Antique Materials

January 25, 2012 - "Ava Visits Shop Reclaiming Antique Materials"  WBAL TV

Ava Maria from WBAL in Baltimore does onsite television interviews as Second Chance opens up their new home on Ridgely Street about a quarter mile from their warehouses on Warner Street.

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Second Chance Moving to a New Home of Its Own

January 24, 2012 - "Second Chance Moving to a New Home of Its Own"  Video from the Business Section of The Baltimore Sun by Lorraine Mirabella

Hear from Second Chance's CEO, Mark Foster, about the monumental relocation from Warner Street to Ridgely Street.

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Videos - Pre 2012

November 2011 - Produced by the MD Department of Labor, this powerful video highlights the OJT program and its impact on real people via Second Chance.  Take a look!....

July 2010 - ABC 2 News coverage of Second Chance's donations to the hit TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

2010-2011 Blog - "ColterHaus"  Here's something interesting....  One of our clients created a site to catalog the creation of a new house from idea to reality.  Second Chance plays the prominent role in the Deconstruction Phase.  Photo album included.

July 11, 2011 - "Bodacious and Bright: Roar Back to the '20s"  Baltimore Magazine by Shabdiece Esfahani

Hang on to a piece of history with this gorgeous Art Deco exterior lantern salvaged from the original 1929 Philadelphia Civic Center. Complete with working electric wiring, an irreplaceable verdigris patina, and scrolling leaf details, the fixture can easily be translated into the home. Standing over four-feet tall, the sheer size, coupled with the intricate workmanship, gives the piece a sculptural identity outside of its first life.    Philadelphia Civic Center light fixture ($12,500) at Second Chance architectural salvage warehouse, 1501 Warner St., 410-385-1101.

March 2011 - Listen to this podcast of Second Chance on WYPR (88.1 FM) aired on 3-25-11. (Length: 4:57)


May 2009 - Featured in Urbanite Magazine's "Summer Shopping Guide" by Tracey Middlekauff

Replace the regular plastic cooler with this industrial-chic cast-iron pot—then convert it into a garden planter. $195 at Second Chance, 1645 Warner St., 410-385-1101.






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