Second Chances provides free clothing to homeless and lower-income people in our community. When you work with Second Chances, or contribute your time or money, you help our neighbors take a giant step forward from where their lives are now toward a brighter future.

Who we are

Mission statement

Second Chances' mission is to provide clothing to people in need, inform supporters about issues affecting our community and help people connect with local organizations or issues that resonate with their values, skills and personal experiences.


Second Chances began its work in 2003, and incorporated and received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation in March 2005. Our service area includes Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts.

In addition to providing free clothing to people in need, Second Chances works to increase volunteerism and local philanthropy by connecting local service providers, governments, businesses, and residents.

From one of our community partners:

"I cannot tell you how much you have helped the women I have worked with over the last couple of years, and how important what you do is for their self-esteem. Many of my clients have begun their transformation with your clothing. It is impressive to watch. You have a gift." ~ Kimberly, Client Advocate & Stabilization Support Coordinator, Transition House

How is Second Chances different?

Second Chances' clothing donation program is unique in the way we work almost invisibly through existing service providers. On The Rise, Somerville Homeless Coalition, Transition House, Vinfen, HomeStart, Wayside, and Somerville Cambridge Elder Services are some of our most consistent partners, and we add new providers to our network every year.

When local providers work with us, their clients don't have to go one place for job training and another for benefits counseling, and still another for clothing. We make clients' already difficult lives a little easier by delivering the clothing they need where and when they need it.

Our partnerships with local housing and service providers allow us to operate more efficiently as well. Second Chances can reach hundreds of people through local homelessness and social service providers by creating individualized delivery options for each agency.

Second Chances currently serves homeless and lower income people in Cambridge and Somerville, and we hope to build capacity to serve people in other Greater Boston communities in the future.

Second Chances, Inc.
P.O. Box 441328
Somerville, MA 02144-1328

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