Two years ago, MND's Program Director met with Internal Management staff at Second Chance, a nonprofit that accepts donations of entire buildings, houses, furniture, tools, appliances, lumber, and more. Second Chance employes around 45 individuals in their warehouse and 45 individuals in the field, deconstructing interiors and entire buildings to resell. In addition to their retail store and deconstruction work, Second Chance also provides a job training program that includes 4 weeks in the classroom and 16 weeks of on the job deconstruction training. Second Chance's mission is to hire unemployed individuals, and help and empower them to obtain stable, self-sustaining employment at a living wage. This nicely dovetails with MND's mission, which is what makes the partnership between Second Chance and Maryland New Directions such a success.
MND began by sending candidates to Second Chance for employment opportunities in their warehouse and retail store and Second Chance was pleased with the MND clients they hired. As Internal Management Consultant, Dana Moulden puts it, "employers are happy when they have a recruiting partner who understands the mission and roles [of their company]. MND has a good idea of Second Chance's organizational culture and work, which is so important for the success of the partnership and clients."
As both organizations have developed, they have kept each other in mind for growing partnership opportunities. Dana and MND staff have talked about recruiting candidates from Second Chance who are seeking career growth, to participate in MND's new training program for occupations at the Port of Baltimore. Both organizations are committed to working together to provide support for residents of Baltimore who need help the most and to defeating these individuals' self-limiting beliefs so they can create lives they love and reach their dream careers.