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Our Mission
To grow a successful business by selling mostly used goods at an affordable price so we can promote an atmosphere of community and help the community succeed economically.

In March of 2008, Neighborhood Thrift opened its doors to become a permanent presence in the Target Neighborhood of The Well Community Church. This neighborhood surrounds the Susan B. Anthony Elementary school (located at Blackstone and Olive).  After developing relationships in this community for more than 5 years, this step seemed to be one that was needed and would help us to plant roots, becoming part of the community in a more holistic way.

By simply opening up its doors Neighborhood Thrift has been able to take the donations from its local community and the members of The Well to pass them along at discounted rates. The store has become a place where community members in Fresno can work for necessary items and an equal trade can take place, benefiting both the store and its customers.

The goal of Neighborhood Thrift is to employ local residents from the community and provide them with skills to be competitive in the job market.

Neighborhood Thrift has a desire of equipping the community members to strengthen themselves economically. The thrift store seeks to improve the lives of the low-income families by increasing their purchasing capacity and placing economic power back into the hands of the community. The program emphasizes the importance of honorable work and economic empowerment as essential to human dignity. It provides quality merchandise at affordable prices, allowing for a great exchange on both sides of the transaction.

Why?
Neighborhood Thrift is set up to improve the community relationally and economically. By selling merchandise at discounted rates (approximately 10% of original retail price) we are allowing the dollar to stretch further in our community. The store is then used as a location where the community members can be strengthened in their job skills and receive training in retail.

The store currently has a volunteer work program set up where local residents are able to come and work at the store for a discount on merchandise. This enables the volunteers to be able to work for items in the store that they would like to purchase. The time spent in the store then allows the volunteer to be able to use Neighborhood Thrift as a reference for future employment. When needed those involved in volunteering at the store can also we taught how to write a resume.

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