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Second Chance

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Employment
  • Homeless & Housing


6145 Imperial AveSan Diego, CA 92114 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of Second Chance is to create opportunities for self-sufficiency by providing job readiness training, employment placement, affordable housing and life skills for homeless and unemployed men, women and youth.


Scott H Silverman started a non-profit organization 12 years ago whose mission is to live up to its name. Second Chance provides jobs, housing and supportive services for homeless men and women and youth.

In 1998, Second Chance began offering the nationally recognized STRIVE job readiness program which provides attitudinal training, job placement, mental health counseling, career clothing and two years of follow up services.

Combined with alcohol and drug-free housing, affordable housing placements and well-being referrals, Second Chance has established itself as an agency making a significant difference in San Diego.

Thousands of Second Chance clients are now productive members of our community. More than 250 San Diego employers have hired Second Chance/STRIVE graduates. Alcohol and drug-free housing through Second Chance's sober living as well as affordable housing referrals are provided to "hard-to-place" men and women. Over 1000 STRIVE graduates have found employment since August of 1998 in spite of non-traditional working pasts including incarceration, homelessness and substance abuse.

There are close to 15,000 homeless individuals in the county of San Diego and thousands of underemployed and unemployed men and women. Second Chance is dedicated to leading community collaborative efforts to minimize homelessness over the next 10 years.


Would you recommend Second Chance?
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by Elizabeth H. from San DIego, CA (October 29, 2009)
My daughter volunteers at Second Chance and she has learned so many office skills. At Second Chance you are able to learn different skills by working with the different departments within the organization. My daughter has learned to call donors, make referrals to outside agencies, write professional letters, data entry, make flyers and so many more. My daughter said what she enjoys the most about interning at Second Chance is how the employees there all work and communicate as if they were family. Her words "When you walk into to SC you will assume that everyone there is related because they are close to each other and all look and work happy. The teamwork they expose is amazing! Now I know why my mom is so excited when she gets up for work every morning. I want to be a Director for an agency like this. Jasmyn Hiday

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