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Our History

In 2010, Rick Trawick founded Second Chances Garage – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Frederick, Maryland, and serving Frederick County. Rick has always had an interest in cars and noticed a great need for reliable transportation for those who have lower incomes. He fully realized that reliable transportation is a vital component for self-sufficiency, stable employment, and the care of children. Over the years, Rick has unequivocally shown his passion for helping others obtain reliable transportation and has surrounded himself with other passionate individuals to help carry out the mission of Second Chances Garage. 

Our Mission

With a passion for cars and helping those in need, Second Chances Garage seeks to make a difference in our community of Frederick County, Maryland, by offering “second chances” for individuals and families on their journey to independent living by providing assistance with their personal transportation needs.

Our Partner Agencies

Our Partner Agencies play a vital role in helping Second Chances Garage provide vehicles to low-income families in Frederick County, Maryland. Each agency helps us by vetting Low-Cost Vehicle Program applicants and assisting them in the application process.

Without our Partner Agencies, we can’t do what we do!

Apprentice mechanic working on car

Apprenticeship Program

The Apprenticeship Program, started in 2019, is made possible by the continuous financial support of GEARWRENCH, including toolboxes. The toolboxes are outfitted with everything a new technician will need to launch their career. GEARWRENCH’s support allows apprentices to focus on educational growth without the burden of tool costs. Every year Second Chances Garage provides apprenticeship opportunities to 2 individuals.

Community Supporters

Our Community Supporters help us in a variety of ways, including providing resources to use in our repair shop, spreading the word about our mission, referring economically vulnerable individuals to our Reduced-Cost Repair Program, and more. If you’d like to become a partner in helping us make a difference in the Frederick County community, we’d love to hear from you! Request a conversation here.

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