Who we are

Second Chances provides clothing to homeless and very low-income people in Cambridge and Somerville by working with local homelessness and social service agencies where they receive shelter and services. If you are a shelter or service provider located in Cambridge or Somerville, we would love to find a way to work with you to provide free clothing to your Cambridge and Somerville clients.

Mission statement

Second Chances provides clothing to people in need, informs supporters about issues affecting our community, and helps 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.

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, Just A Start House, 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.

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Donations to Second Chances

A successful clothing drive means a full van! These donations are headed to our warehouse for sorting, hanging, and storage so that we can pick out great outfits when they're needed by our clients.

Gentle Giant voluteers

Gentle Giant has moved our clothing donation bins pro bono several times over the years. We are so grateful for their help and commitment to our community.