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.
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 and adjacent communities.
Second Chances is the only program providing free clothing, shoes, accessories, and gift cards to hundreds of homeless and lower-income Somerville and Cambridge residents annually while keeping nearly 200,000 pounds of textiles out of landfills. Second Chances collects donations of clothing, shoes, and accessories at bins located at area businesses and through corporate clothing drives. We partner with local shelters and service providers to help their clients take their first steps toward brighter futures.
How is Second Chances different?
Second Chances’ clothing donation program is unique in the way we work almost invisibly through existing service providers. By partnering with local housing, shelter, and service providers, we make their clients’ already difficult lives a little easier by delivering the clothing they need where and when they need it.