Read more about what's new with our programs, issues our work addresses like trafficking, homelessness, and poverty, and updates on our work and your support.
We are thankful for anyone able and willing to help us communicate our work. If you have creative ideas to help us spread the word through social media, print, television, an online publication, or another medium, or if you are a member of the press, we would love to talk to you. Please contact our Communications Manager.
Our Ongoing COVID-19 Response & Needs
We are updating this page with our immediate needs as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our programs.
Holiday Gifts for Youth
Every year Second Story gives a few holidays gifts to the youth in our programs to help make their holidays brighter, and we need your help to make it happen.
Second Story’s Holiday Letter
Read Second Story's holiday letter from our Board President to review the past year and let you know how you can support us.
In-Kind Update – No Used Items, Please!
Due to your immense generosity in donating in-kind goods during the holiday season, space is limited and we will not be accepting any used goods until early 2022.
Our Beacon of Hope Virtual Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who joined our 2021 Beacon of Hope Virtual Fundraiser! You can watch the event replay here.
It Started with Cory Scott
Drawn to help youth in the area, Cory's simple action of sharing Second Story has helped reached others, transforming Second Story to what is is today. Learn how it started with him and how you can join in too.
It Started With Melissa Busby Fernlund
After learning about Second Story from her friend, Melissa's simple action of getting involved helped transformed Second Story to what is is today. Learn how it started with her and how you can join in too.
It Started with Burt Heacock
From supporting our programs to fundraising for change, Burt's simple action helped transformed Second Story to what is is today. Learn how it started with him and how you can join in too.
Our Fall Festival and Vaccine Distribution
As our community continues to struggle with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Second Story in the Community is bringing arts, crafts, music, food, resources, and vaccines to Springfield and Culmore!
100% of our Eligible Seniors Graduated in 2021
After a challenging year of remote and hybrid learning, the youth in our programs have defied the odds again this year. The national graduation rate for youth experiencing homelessness is around 64%. But this year, 100% of eligible seniors in our programs graduated from high school!
Year Two Fundraising Goal
We have some exciting news to share with you…for the second year in a row we reached our yearly fundraising goal!
Help us send young people back to school!
Every summer Second Story provides young people in the community with backpacks filled with school supplies so they have everything they need to begin the new year. We hand them out in our programs and at a super fun back-to-school kickoff in August. Last year we collected school supplies to support remote learning, and we
Volunteers like Catie Have Helped Get Us Through This Year
Shortly after retirement Catie attended an Open Door Information session, and began volunteering with Second Story for Teens in Crisis nearly three years ago. Learn the impact Catie and other volunteers have made to our mission.