Building STRONGER GENERATIONS for at-risk women

Washington DC- based Second Chance Employment Services Chosen for 2006 Catalogue for Philanthropy

march 5, 2007

Washington, DC-based Second Chance Employment Services has been selected as a featured charity in the 2006-07 Catalogue for Philanthropy. This is the Catalogue's third year in the Washington, DC region. Supported by local foundations (Harman, Meyer, Cafritz, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Marriott and Fowler) as a service to the community, the Catalogue profiles environmental, cultural, educational, human services, and international organizations. Approximately seventy-five new nonprofits are chosen each year by a review committee of 50 experienced grantmakers and members of local nonprofit organizations. Each Catalogue also relists prior years' charitable organizations. All Catalogue nonprofits are live at the website,

Each year, 4 million American women are victims of domestic violence and 1 in 3 adult women experiences at least 1 physical assault by a partner. These women have no hope, little confidence, no job, and – when they separate from abusive partners – no financial security. At Second Chance Employment Services, the idea is to turn this picture around. Providing interview coaching, pre- and post-placement  services, and bilingual and translation assistance (as needed), SCES places financially at-risk women in meaningful employment that can really change their lives. Workshops teach interview skills and assist applicants in resumé writing and filling out government and private sector forms. Applicants receive instruction in job searching, selecting appropriate workplace clothing, and engaging in successful business communications. Pro bono legal services, dentistry, salon makeovers, and even plastic surgery are offered through SCES’s partners, who also serve as sources for job placement. SCES helps women rebuild their confidence and gives them the support they need to believe in a future free of abuse. Doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance?

Second Chance Employment Services was selected from a competitive field of 200 candidates. "Charities were selected for excellence, innovation, and cost-effectiveness--and for what they can teach us about the extraordinary ways that philanthropy works,” Harman said.  “These are certainly among the best small charities in the Washington, DC region.”

For further information please contact the charity named above or the Catalogue office: phone 202-549-6369; email

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