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We've moved!

Did you know that we operated out of shared, donated office space in our founder's home for more than 12 years? In late 2017, we moved into a shared nonprofit office space in Union Square, Somerville, and couldn't be happier!

We need everything, and you can help! Please donate now so that we can purchase the furniture, hardware, software, and support to get off to a great start in our new office.

New donation locations

We're thrilled to announce our two newest outdoor donation locations - one in Arlington and one in Cambridge! Details and directions »

We're grateful to the Town of Arlington for hosting a donation bin at their Recycling Center and to the Cambridge Crossing / North Point staff and community for welcoming us!

Special thanks to the wonderful giants, Mike and Pieter from Gentle Giant Moving Company who moved our bin pro bono. We couldn't do this without all of you!

We still have at least two donation bins available, and we're hoping to purchase more this year, so if your company or organization is in or near Cambridge or Somerville and is interested in hosting one, please get in touch! More about hosting a donation bin here (downloadable PDF) »

2018 clothing drive results

  • Matignon High School - 407 pounds
  • Showa Institute, Boston - 2,006 pounds
  • Gibson Sotheby's International Realty, Cambridge - 438 pounds
  • Cambridge Park Apartments - 1,194 pounds

THANK YOU to everyone who's coordinated and participated in a clothing drive! We are grateful for your help and enthusiasm.

Want to host a clothing drive? Here's how »

News from Second Chances

2018 newsletters: February. Sign up here to receive occasional e-newsletters and event invitations in your inbox.

2017 newsletter archive: early December, Giving Tuesday, late September, September, Earth Day, April, March, and February.

Community reports: Summer/Fall 2017 (pdf), Spring 2016 (pdf), Fall 2014 (pdf), and Spring 2012 (pdf). Special thanks to our volunteers: Jill Davidson (writing and editing 2017), Mary Todd (graphic design 2016 and 2014), Fiona Crimmins (writing 2016, editing 2016 and 2014), and Jackie Cefola (graphic design 2012).

Other coverage

We're beyond grateful to our colleagues at Vinfen for discussing the impact of the clothing we provide for their clients in their October 2016 newsletter and on their blog! »"

Many thanks to our wonderful community partners at Somerville Homeless Coalition for featuring our collaboration to provide free clothing to their homeless and very low-income clients in their fall 2016 newsletter! Read more on page 2 »

Congratulations to Scout Somerville on publishing its 40th issue in July/August 2016! Thank you for featuring our founder and CEO among 40 local leaders who are shaping Somerville's future. Read more on their page 45 »

We loved seeing this May/June 2016 article featuring our work in Spare Change News »

Thanks to Boston Mamas for including us in a terrific January 2015 blog post about helping kids and families in need in our community! There's some great information and wonderful organizations here »

Loved this spring 2014 article on Upward Facing Somerville in the Somerville Beat! Read more »

Our Founder and CEO, Andrea Shapiro, was featured in Smith College's Winter 2010-11 Alumnae Quarterly. Read more here »

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Second Chances 10th Anniversary Celebration


On May 6, 2015, nearly 200
Second Chances supporters celebrated 10 years of providing free clothing, shoes, accessories, and gift cards to neighbors in need. Here's our Founder, Andrea Shapiro, with Cashmere sponsor and dad, Alan Shapiro, and event planner Jennessa Durrani of Celebrate, lighting the candles on the anniversary cake donated by Whole Foods Market in Somerville.


Second Chanced Recycled Fashion Show

Lise Stahl Brown of Bay State College presents the winner of the Recycled Fashion Challenge at our 10th anniversary celebration.