written by Kristen Allen and Jarrett Meek
After many months of planning and site searching, we are thrilled to introduce you to Adelante Thrift, a sustainable community development project of Mission Adelante. We're excited to announce that we've signed a lease for an 18,000 sq. ft. space at 3720 State Avenue, and with that key milestone under our belt, we can begin the countdown to opening the doors to this new endeavor in the first quarter of 2015!
Adelante Thrift is more than a thrift store, it is an opportunity to transform our community in a sustainable way. Our job readiness program through Adelante Thrift will provide job opportunities and equip people with the skills they need to obtain employment and be successful in the workplace. Volunteers from our neighborhood and across the city will have an opportunity to serve in a variety of ways as a part of a dynamic team. And, proceeds from the store will go to help fund ministry in our neighborhood. We are excited to see how generosity will help transform a community!
Now that we have secured a space, there is a lot of work to be done, including raising startup capital, building out the space, securing donated inventory, developing systems, recruiting volunteers, and hiring staff. Here a three ways you can get involved:
Start saving up your clothing, furniture, electronics, and other housewares. We’ll start accepting donations in early 2015 (not long after Christmas!). We’ll let you know when we’re ready!
We will need an army of volunteers to help us get our space ready, and then to help sort, price, and stock items. There are perfect volunteer opportunities for families, church groups, or businesses!
Our year-end fundraising campaign this year is focused on raising money to launch Adelante Thrift! Our launch need is $250,000, and the Lord has already provided commitments for $138,300. We invite you to be part of this innovative community development initiative! This is an “invest once” opportunity. Once this project is up and going, it will be self-sustaining and will provide income for other ministry projects. That’s return on investment! Please visit our give page at www.missionadelante.org/give to learn how to contribute.
We can’t wait to welcome you into our store, help you find a bargain, and change your treasures into community transformation!. Learn more about donating items and volunteering at www.adelantethrift.com.