Adelante Thrift, One Year Celebration of Community Transformation

Written By Elena Mamadnazarova, Community Development Director

On Saturday April 30, Adelante Thrift celebrated its one year anniversary. In the past year Adelante Thrift has learned a lot, and made a few changes.  We have learned so much about business, and we are still learning about long-term sustainability.  Adelante Thrift has changed by increasing its number of part time employees, it has changed in its understanding of the importance of community partnership, and it has changed through the acceptance that we cannot make Adelante Thrift sustainable without the support of our volunteer groups and individuals.

At the Adelante Thrift one year anniversary celebration we were able to have many local area businesses and organizations come and share about themselves, and to help us celebrate what is happening in our community.  Thank you to Cup on a Hill, El Centro, Spay/Neuter of Kansas City, Big Grill & More, Cricket Wireless, and Chin Hills for providing refreshments, entertainment and information to those who came to help us celebrate.  

We were also blessed to have two volunteer work groups with us that day.  They kept the merchandise flowing from the processing area to the floor so that our store was able to stay stocked throughout the day.  Thank you Kansas City Kansas Early Childhood Center and Emmanuel Baptist Middle School & High School for serving and celebrating at Adelante Thrift on our special day.  

We had a steady stream of customers during our one year anniversary celebration.  Some customers were regulars, and some were new faces.  Our customers enjoyed the savings, the prizes, and the refreshments.  We are excited to see what God has planned for Adelante Thrift in the coming year.  We hope that you will partner with us in our continued efforts to make our store a success in our community.

Important Dates:

  • Volunteer Orientation, May 21st: Learn more about great opportunities to serve a mission field in our own backyard!  Mission Adelante will hold an orientation for new volunteers on May 26th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  For more information, email Rachel Pierce at
  • Volunteer Huddle:  Monday May 23, 6:30-8:30 at Mission Adelante 22 S. 18th St. Kansas City, KS 66102.  This is a chance for our current and new volunteers to have dessert, worship together, hear about what God is doing at Mission Adelante, and meet together with their ministry program leaders to learn more about our upcoming summer trimester
  • Bhutanese Launch - Our Bhutanese Kids Club, Middle School Club, and Adult ESL classes begin on Tuesday May 31, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Latino Launch - Our Latino Kids Adelante and Adult ESL classes begin onThursday June 2, 6:30-8:30 pm