unique Thrift Shop established in March 2006 to benefit
(Homeless Intervention Shelter) in Placentia.
The mission of Charity’s
remains the same as it was
when the shop was started:
- To create a dependable source of revenue since grant
monies and government funds are significantly declining.
- To increase awareness of our shelter and the
homeless problem in Orange County.
- To expand our volunteer base and afford more people
chance to become involved in the shelter by working at the thrift shop.
- To provide a revenue-producing outlet for the large
quantities of goods that are donated to the Shelter.
H.I.S. House began serving
needs of the homeless in 1989
when the Placentia Presbyterian Church purchased the property next
door. Over the years this ministry has been blessed with tremendous
support from many churches in the community, many organizations in the
area, and generous people. By 1996 the H.I.S. House Board began
discussing the idea of starting a thrift shop in order to make good use
of the large amount of donations being given to the shelter. Storage
was an ongoing problem as not everything could be absorbed by the
residents. Obviously, the timing was not quite right as nothing came of
the idea. Still, the donations came and the staff and volunteers sorted
and tried to keep up with it. During 2004 one of the board members, who
enjoyed visiting thrift shops, suggested the idea again and it was
decided to form a committee to look into the possibility. And thus the
seed was planted.
A group of five began visiting
thrift shops and collecting
data. Then meetings were held to determine the procedures necessary in
seeking approval of the Presbytery, the Session, the Mission Committee,
and the H.I.S. House Board. While this was taking place a business plan
was being written, a search began for a location, and many thoughts for
how to operate this shop were discussed. Once approval was given in the
spring of 2005, things got very serious.
Now the search for a location
intensified. This turned out to be the largest obstacle as rents were
very high, and many landlords did not want a thrift shop as a tenant.
During all of this time donations were being collected and stored in a
storage unit and a garage. Finally, by November negotiations were
beginning on a lease for our space on Bradford and finally possession
was taken February 1, 2006. The long held dream was at last coming to
Now the real work started as
space was prepared and our
volunteers recruited, as the shop was to be operated only with
volunteers. There were so many details and decisions, but it all came
together and March 15, 2006 was the opening date. In the first ten
months of operation, Charity’s Closet has been able to repay the
start-up money given us by H.I.S. House and then donate an additional
$25,000 from our profits. The success of this mission has been
overwhelming and the future holds great promise for continued success.