COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Valley Rescue Mission will open the doors of a new Donation and Retail Center.
A Grand Opening celebration will take place on Wednesday, April 16 at 8:30 a.m., and the public is invited to attend. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and donations can be dropped off Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Located at 7553 N. Veterans Parkway in north Columbus, the 10,800 square foot store will sell gently used items donated by community members at thrift store prices.
It also features a convenient drive-through donation drop-off area. Covered from the elements, the donation drop-off area is designed so those who are donating items can easily drive up, be met by a retail employee who will unload their donation and provide a tax-deductible receipt, and then simply drive away, without leaving their vehicle.
The center has created 29 new employment positions for the community. Some of the new employees are graduates of one of the two addiction recovery programs operated by the Mission. Working in this division helps graduates transition back to the workforce in a safe, comfortable setting with which they are already familiar. It also gives them the opportunity to establish a work ethic, build references and job skills, as well as network within the business world.
In addition to providing an income stream for the Mission through the financial proceeds from the sale of donated items, as well as employment opportunities for graduates, the new Center also facilitates the provision of free clothing, furniture, and household goods to low-income members of our community.
$75,000 worth of donated items was distributed by the Mission free-of-charge last year to impoverished individuals who are in need of clothing for job interviews or going back to school. Furniture items are provided for those who are victims of a fire or other devastating crisis, or women who are reestablishing a household after fleeing a domestic violence situation.