On Second Chances: A walk through a warehouse.
This past weekend the Be Bullish crew headed to one of our favorite spots in the city, Second Chance Inc. Second Chance is one of those spots you have driven past 1000 times but never bothered to check out. The massive orange letters on the front of the building have become a staple to many commuters; " WHAT IS AND WHAT CAN BE." Whether you know about Second Chance or not we promise you haven't taken full advantage of it.
We decided to shed a little light on this non-profit by bringing our good friend LA Finfinger (Co-founder of Free Baltimore Yoga) down there and recording some audio nuggets. The full podcast will be available in a day or two, but in the mean time we thought we'd give you some information on Second Chance and encourage you to check it out
According to their website Second Chance inc, " 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 available to the public for reuse through 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. " On top of being one of the most entertaining places to stroll around within the city limits, Second Chance is an organization you can feel good about supporting. The way they have set up their organization is socially innovative, environmentally friendly and an unbelievable resource for anyone trying to accomplish some household upgrades on the cheap.
While the Be Bullish crew has purchased many an item from Second Chance (Including the table from which this post is being written) we'll go ahead and say a good %60 of our visits are simply to see what's in stock. Your chances of finding something random and wonderful are pretty high. Granted, sometimes it takes a while to talk your significant other into letting you purchase a retro orange pleather couch, but that's a personal issue and best not handled in blog format. Second Chance takes donations but many of their supplies come from demolition projects where materials are salvaged and re-sold at a discount. If you've been debating how to get stared on a back patio or you've been looking to get into wood-working as a hobby Second Chance is a good place to start.
The entire idea of this organization is bullish. Second Chance is willing to take the time to recycle materials from projects throughout the region in an effort to not only cut waste, but to provide city residents with affordable resources. If you're trying to put down some roots in a city that needs it, having a non-profit that allows you to purchase a couch at an affordable price means a lot. Not only that, Second Chance is going above and beyond to invest in people in Baltimore. By lowering the barriers to employment for "the unemployed, under employed and others facing barriers to employment" Second Chance is providing strong jobs with room for advancement. Buying reclaimed wood is cool, providing people with jobs is way cooler.
Long story short, Second Chance is great for many reasons. Go there. Take a Saturday and go buy some old barn wood. I don't care what you do with it...make a picture frame or something! But definitely try to support Second Chance before heading to HomeDepot.
Stay tuned for the full podcast with LA Finfinger and special guest, Reggie, one of Second Chance's stellar salesmen.
As always, Be Bullish.