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First Glance at Second Chance – a nonprofit deconstruction company

| Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2016 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Since Second Chance, the non-profit building deconstruction and retail outlet, started with 6 workers it has grown to over 150 employees. The vast majority of them were recruited through the City of Baltimore’s employment programs.  Returning citizens have benefited greatly from these opportunities. “First Glance at Second Chance” provides an excellent picture of this exemplary company. ILSR and Second Chance have been working partners for the past 15 years. ILSR personnel trained the first deconstruction crews for Second Chance. Second Chance sells recovered materials at its spacious warehouse and showroom facilities in Downtown Baltimore.

The socially progressive web site Upworthy did a story on Second Chance in January 2016, included was a video which you can watch below:

About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is the Director of the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and counties recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy  through new processing and manufacturing facilities.  Neil also serves on ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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