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.
Second Chance’s Annual “Wreckers Ball” in The Baltimore Sun
“Baltimore’s Second Chance, Inc. Creates Green Collar Jobs for the Community”
Original Cole Field House Flooring from UMD arrives!
New Art Installation in Our Lobby ☼ “Opportunity Doors” by Baltimore Artists
CBS’s WJZ-13: “Second Chance, Inc. Provides Just That For Home Wares… And People”
Johns Hopkins President Visits SC with Volunteers!
Hear the uplifting “rest of the story” and more at our October 14 Wreckers Ball!
2017 Best of Baltimore Award – “Best Store To Get Lost In!”
2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award – 4th Consecutive Year!
Meet Our New Mural with a Message! (Narrative & Video)
“City’s Carver High Carpentry Students Learn on the Job at Second Chance”
SC acknowledged for Support of the “McKean Miracle”
SC’s Salvage Emporium Furnishes “Rooms With a Few” in Baltimore Magazine
Deconstruct vs. Demolish in the Arlington Connection
Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Second Chance Cruise the Inner Harbor Together
Talking Mission with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s President
Our 11th Deconstruction Training Class Turns Their Tassels!
2016 Best of Baltimore Awards – “Best Furniture Store” AND “Best First Date!”
Second Chance Proudly Mentors Teens Via YouthWorks for 9th Year!
“Made in Baltimore” Furniture Showroom Opens at Second Chance!
New Workforce Development Initiative for Opportunity Youth
We’re “Tops on the List” of Revival House’s Places to Shop!
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Promotes Second Chance as a “National Model” on the Senate Floor
Video & Article on Second Chance by Upworthy – Viewed by Well Over a Million People!
Impact Report – How We Made a Lasting Difference in 2015!
Community Quarterback Award from the Baltimore Ravens
Living Classrooms 2015 “Outstanding Employer Partner”
BWIB Business Award 2015 Business Award for “Workforce Development Excellence”
Best of Baltimore Winner – “Best Conversation Pieces”
“Most businesses watch 1 bottom line. This one keeps an eye on 3. That’s why people love ’em.”
Second Chance Graduates its Tenth Deconstruction Training Class
Learn more about who we are and what we do from the broad media exposure we've enjoyed.Read More
Review awards and recognition that we've been humbly honored to have received through the years.Read More
Glance through various videos and visual creations that help tell the Second Chance story.Read More