Fort Wayne-based nonprofit Rescue Mission is preparing to reopen its thrift store and vocational ministry, Treasure House. The nonprofit says the thrift store’s operations were relocated from Coldwater Crossing to the Pine Valley Shopping Center earlier this year.
The nonprofit will Wednesday host a public reopening event with a ribbon cutting ceremony, giveaways, and food trucks.
“We are elated to share our ministry and new store location with the community,” said Rescue Mission Chief Executive Officer Rev. Donovan Coley. “Our store offers shoppers and donors a unique, upscale thrift experience while also supporting men, women and children experiencing a homeless crisis. Every item donated and dollar spent provides resources to support programs that address the root cause of homelessness, such as trauma, mental illness, substance abuse disorders and lack of a support system.”
The nonprofit says the new location features a larger sales floor and an awning-covered donation center for contactless donations.
“The larger, upgraded space gives us the ability to expand our vocational training program, and offer in-demand job certifications to our participants,” Coley said. “Our goal is to give people real-life skills that are applicable in today’s job market.”
The Treasure House is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.