Second Chance At Renewing Self, Inc.

Healing, Empowering and Renewing Lives Affected by Abuse

aka S.C.A.R.S.   |   North Chesterfield, VA   |
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Second Chance At Renewing Self, Inc.

EIN: 81-5242228


To empower and heal the mind, body and soul of those affected by intimate partner violence through education, advocacy and awareness.

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Principal Officer

Sonja Holt

Main address

P.O Box 75582

North Chesterfield, VA 23236 USA

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Subject area info

Freedom from violence and torture

Human services information

Victim aid

Self-help groups

Women's services

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Population served info



People of African descent

Victims and oppressed people

NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Empowered Support Group

Empowered support group is open to women 18 and older who have experienced verbal, emotional or physical abuse by someone they love.
An empowering way for survivors to gain support from one another in a confidential space. The purpose of the group is to be a resource that gives survivors a safe space to share their feelings, thoughts and coping skills with others.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Young adults
People of African descent
Victims of crime and abuse

We provide a safe space for survivors and meet them where they are. We offer a community of love and support, and walk alongside them in their healing journey. In addition to support groups, we incorporate holistic modalities, such as meditation, exercise and mindfulness. By focusing on the promotion of wellbeing and personal growth, services are provided in ways that are empowering, trauma-informed and culturally relevant.
We work with survivors to:
- Develop a wellness plan using strength-based case management
- Develop personal goals
- Identify strengths, interests, and needs
- Develop the skills necessary for self-sufficiency, wellbeing and healing

Population(s) Served

A needs-based financial assistance resource, is available to individuals who need assistance transitioning from situations of intimate partner violence. We provide up to $500 of assistance to survivors. The aim of the fund is to aid in increasing self-sufficiency and independence.

Population(s) Served

Includes digital skills training and career training. We also educate about trauma, teach individuals how to have healthy relationships with themselves and others, and empower survivors toward self-advocacy, self-awareness and self-responsibility.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Women and girls
Victims and oppressed people
Women and girls
Victims and oppressed people
Women and girls

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Second Chance At Renewing Self, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Second Chance At Renewing Self, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Second Chance At Renewing Self, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Sonja Holt

Second Chance At Renewing Self, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Second Chance At Renewing Self, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/06/2023
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Board chair

Tionya Wilson

Renita McKnight

Inga Green

Jabrita Shelton

Aditya Bhagavatula

Keelia Taylor

Iva Brown

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/09/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.