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!
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:
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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....
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.
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!
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)
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.....
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."
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.
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.
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 serve those with barriers to employment.
So Far in 2017, We're Proud to Report...
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Your tax-deductible financial contribution provides people, materials and the environment with more "second chances!" To donate your material items, your house for deconstruction, or your expertise, please visit our Donations pages. To give a monetary gift, contact us or use this secure online option from PayPal: