Here are some of the awards and recognition Second Chance is humbly honored to have received through the years….
We are grateful to all of you who helped Second Chance earn this prestigious recognition for a fourth consecutive year! We are humbled that so many people have affirmed the social, environmental, architectural and economic difference we’re making in Baltimore and beyond. Read the reviews that helped make us one of the first qualifiers of 2016 for GreatNonprofits’ top honor (whose seal is the second most trusted rating seal, after the Better Business Bureau), or leave your own message to other potential donors, volunteers and customers: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/second-chance-inc-1
Baltimore's newest recreation space, called the “McKean Miracle,” brightens up a street once crowded with decaying homes in the same community hit hardest by rioting following the death of Freddie Gray. The park was designed and built by the community, under the direction of the Matthew Henson Community Development Corporation and community activist “Doc” Cheatham.
Through a partnership with Carver Vo-Tech High School, Second Chance donated all the tiles for students to make chess stations for the park and was recognized for their contribution to the “McKean Miracle." When you support us, you support positive change in the community in ways you may never see!
Most recently, we were honored that the Reader's Poll established us as the area's "Best Local Furniture Store." We know that happened because you not only voted for us, but you also shop for, tell others about, and generously donate to our wide-ranging selection of products. Again, thank you.
Meanwhile, the City Paper editors had a little fun. Mixing facts and metaphors, they deemed Second Chance, Inc. as the "Best First Date." It's true... try it sometime (we've even hosted engagement photo sessions and a wedding)! Rather than me bumble through a summary, you should digest the clever commentary yourself here.
Thanks for helping Second Chance earn this prestigious recognition for a third consecutive year! We are humbled that so many people have affirmed the social, environmental, architectural and economic difference we’re making. Read the reviews that helped make us one of the first qualifiers of 2016 for GreatNonprofits' top honor (whose seal is the second most trusted rating seal, after the Better Business Bureau), or leave your own message to other potential donors, volunteers and customers: http://greatnonprofits.org/org/second-chance-inc-1
November 2015 - "Outstanding Employer Partner" Award from Living Classrooms
From the Plaque: "You are an integral part of our mission, allowing us to work better together and in turn driving us to success!"More Info
September 2015 - BWIB Business Award for Workforce Development Excellence
We're humbled to receive the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board's 2015 Business Award for "Workforce Development Excellence." We've been privileged to see over the years how a steady job and vocational skills can change a life, then a family and beyond, so all the effort at "excellence" is worth it!More Info
August 2015 - "Best Conversation Pieces" Baltimore Magazine's Best of Baltimore 2015 (Lifestyle Section)
From p. 216: What we love most about Second Chance—aside from its nonprofit mission of workforce development and sustainability and that eye-popping Steve Powers “What Is and What Can Be” mural that adorns the building—is that among the functional items like couches, drawer knobs, and desks are one-of-a-kind standout pieces. We’re talking about a Käthe Kollwitz lithograph and extraordinary cast-stone garden decorations. Salvaged and donated from mansions and historic buildings along the East Coast, a few of these items are so rare they seem like they’d belong in a museum.More Info
July 2015 - "Top Non-Profit Employer" from Maryland New Directions
We are proud to display this meaningful recognition from our vital partner, Maryland New Directions. Since MND works with over 300 motivated job-seekers each year, most of whom face significant employment obstacles, we make a natural team!
June 2015 - "2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit" from Great Nonprofits
Thanks for helping Second Chance win this prestigious award again! We are humbled that so many people have affirmed the social, environmental, architectural and economic difference we're making. Read the reviews that helped make us one of the first qualifiers of 2015 for GreatNonprofits top honor (whose seal is the second most trusted rating seal, after the Better Business Bureau), or leave your own message to other potential donors, volunteers and customers: http://greatnonprofits.org/org/second-chance-inc-1More Info
November 2014 - Best of Baltimore in Building Materials Store by the Baltimore Award Program
Second Chance Inc. has been selected for the 2014 Best of Baltimore Award in the Building Materials Store category by the Baltimore Award Program! They say we are among the "exceptional companies that help make the Baltimore area a great place to live, work and play. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value."
August 2014 - BWIB Business Award Finalist for Workforce Development Excellence
Since it is our mission and passion, Second Chance is honored to have been commended by Baltimore Workforce Investment Board as a finalist among businesses committed to workforce development in Baltimore City.More Info
May 2014 - "2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit" from Great Nonprofits
Thanks for helping Second Chance win this prestigious award again! We are humbled that so many people have affirmed the social and environmental difference we're making. Read the reviews that helped make us one of the first qualifiers of 2014, or leave your own message to other potential donors, volunteers and customers: http://greatnonprofits.org/org/second-chance-inc-1
February 2015 - "All Star Award" from Constant Contact for 2014
Second Chance is honored to be recognized again with a 2014 All Star Award by Constant Contact, along with the top 10% among their 600,000 organizations worldwide! The award recognizes select businesses and nonprofits for their significant achievements leveraging online marketing tools to engage their customer base and drive success for their organization. To sign up for our free monthly newsletter, "First Glance @ Second Chance," click here.
August 2013 - "Best Found Objects" Baltimore Magazine's Best of Baltimore 2013 (Lifestyle Section)
Is there any store more perfectly named than Second Chance? Not only does the large space house a rotating variety of used and antique furniture, but the store adheres to its principle of hiring folks who could really use the work, finding candidates off the mayor’s pre-screened unemployment list and providing training. So not only is that gorgeous couch, desk, or conversation piece getting a second chance in your home, the staff is also given a second chance in the job market. 1700 Ridgely Street, 410-385-1700.
May 2013 - Abilities Network Seniors Services Program Partner Award
Second Chance is pleased to have been honored with Abilities Network's “Partner Award” for their Senior Services Program. Every year, Abilities Network acknowledges those individuals, businesses and organizations that have significantly contributed to the agency's success over the past year. We're proud to partner with this fine Maryland nonprofit committed to “seeing abilities not disabilities” since 1964.
September 2011 - "Best Place to Buy Used Furniture" Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2011 (Goods Section)
This massive maze of rooms on the northern edge of the Second Chance empire makes for a fun Saturday morning of furniture shopping. The collection is a mix of consigned pieces and items Second Chance has acquired in its mission to train workers while collecting architectural salvage. Prices are usually pretty reasonable, and you’ll likely find the right armchair or dresser. But stumbling across over-the-top items, like the hand-carved burled oak bedroom set so gaudy only a megalomaniacal nouveau riche financier would own it or the fake John Calvert statue that appeared in an episode of The Wire, makes for furniture shopping with a touch of the absurd.
August 2011 - "Best Architectural Finds" Baltimore Magazine's Best of Baltimore 2011 (Shopping Section)
Second Chance is like Disney World for the DIY homeowner. The non-profit organization gives new life to often discarded and forgotten antiques. Its four warehouses are filled with thousands of special finds like ceramic drawer pulls, stained-glass windows, and gilded faucets from historic Baltimore mansions.
September 2010 - "Baltimore Regional Workforce Innovations Award"
Awarded in the Category, "Overcoming Barriers to Employment and Retention" Watch the video the City produced on Second Chance.
October 3, 2010 - "2010 Enoch Pratt Community Award" Presented by The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
Winner of a 2010 Baltimore Social Action award - "Celebrating Beacons of Hope in Baltimore and the World"
October 2009 - "President's Award - Craftsman of the Year" by Pres. Lee Driskill of the American Institute of Architects
Second Chance Salvage is recognized for rescuing and recycling the vast treasures of the craftsmen of Baltimore's architectural past to be truly given a second chance!
June 27, 2009 - "City of Baltimore Certificate of Recognition"
In recognition of your outstanding service to the Operation Safe Kids Program and our city's youth.
October 2008 - "Best Place to Furnish on a Budget" Baltimore Magazine's Best of Baltimore 2008
If you enjoy the hunt for unique items, you'll love the five well-stocked warehouses of Second Chance Inc., 1645 Warner Street, 410-385-1101. A recent jaunt turned up some great finds including a mint condition 1920's French armoire, a handmade Afghan rug, Victorian-era chairs,
and a shelving unit deconstructed from the set of The Wire. The nonprofit Second Chance also believes in giving low-income Baltimoreans a second chance by training them in carpentry, craftsmanship, and construction.
September 2008 - "Best Place to Buy Used Furniture" Baltimore City Paper's 2008 Best of Baltimore
Warehouse No. 3 in the Second Chance empire is the biggest treasure trove of affordable used furniture in the city. Sure, you can spend a few grand on an obnoxiously ostentatious stuffed orange leather carved walnut couch and club chair set (someone did--it's gone), but there is plenty here for the modest budget. Every style is represented, from Art Nouveau gliding rockers to Mission-style dining room sets to Federal style chairs and all points in between. You could walk out of here with an awesome midcentury solid wood dresser for $200. We uncovered a hand-carved pine headboard and footboard stacked in a row of unremarkable factory-made bed frames. Walk through the vast warehouse and you'll find just about anything you could muscle through your front door. School lockers. Oriental rugs. Baby furniture. Entertainment cabinets. The list stretches on; all you have to do is scratch out plenty of time to explore.
September 2007 - "Best Place to Buy Claw-Foot Tubs, Wrought-Iron Railings, and a Box of Glass Doorknobs" Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2007
Second Chance has five--count 'em, five--huge warehouses full of cool old stuff salvaged from buildings about to go under the wrecking ball. All sorts of architectural salvage can be found here: stuff made of wood, plaster, glass, marble, stone, or iron. Fireplaces, doorknobs, moldings, balustrades, chandeliers, paneling, cabinets, sinks, tubs, tiles, faucets, and appliances. Furniture, lighting, home décor, antiques. Shutters, windows, doors, radiators. If it's something you could put in your house, on your house, or around your house, seriously,they probably have it. And it probably has some history. And it's probably way cooler than the kind you would have found if you went to Home Depot and picked up the chipboard-and-glue mass-produced wannabe version.
December 16, 2005 - "Official Citation" from Senator Verna L. Jones of the 44th Legislative District, Baltimore City
Be it hereby known to all that sincerest congratulations are offered to Second Chance in recognition of your tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to Baltimore City's Ex-Offender Initiative Re-entry Center and for working to enhance our region's economic and workforce deevelopment. Thank you for your dedication. "The invaluable gift that you have given will continue to give for years to come."
December 16, 2005 - "Official Citation" from Delegat Salima Siler Marriott, Chair of the Baltimore City Delegation
Sincerest congratulations are offered to Second Chance in recognition of enhancing our region's economic and workforce development through your commitment to re-entry employment.
2005 - "Outstanding Employer" presented at the Regional Employer Appreciation Breakfast by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
July 26, 2004 - "Mayor's Letter of Appreciation" from Mayor Martin O'Maley
Wow! I am thrilled about your achievements to date.... The city is fortunate to have the commitment and vision of persons like you.
2004 - "Mayor's Business Recognition Awards" from the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Development Corporation.More Info