Hospitality House raises almost $40K during month-long fundraiser for new thrift store
Hospitality House’s online fundraiser, launched to help pay the start-up costs of a new thrift store, ended Sunday after reaching about 70 percent of its $56,000 goal.
The online Indiegogo campaign raised almost $33,000, an amount that climbs to $39,482 when personal checks given to the homeless shelter during the month-long fundraiser are counted.
The store will open despite not reaching the full $56,000, said Joanna Robinson, Hospitality House’s development director.
“What we’ve got is sufficient to open the thrift store,” Robinson added.
The store, however, lacks the first three months of operating expenses, which was to serve as a buffer, said Cindy Maple, the nonprofit’s executive director.
Additionally, the store likely won’t have a large truck for collecting donations at its inception, Robinson said.
“We’re tremendously grateful to everyone who donated — over 200 people,” she added.
Hospitality House opted to open a thrift store after learning it likely would lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money next year.
The store — Bread and Roses Thrift and More — would provide new revenue for Hospitality House and job training for its guests. Robinson is planning for a February opening.
The nonprofit homeless shelter anticipates earning $50,000 in the thrift store’s first year.
Hospitality House has a property they want to use for the store, though it’s not finalized. Maple said finding a suitable spot has been challenging. Some people have questioned having another thrift store in the area, though Maple said she’s confident residents will support good causes.
“Thrift stores — I think it’s something you cannot have too many of,” she added. “I don’t think you can saturate the market.”
People interested in giving to the nonprofit can send donations to Hospitality House, 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, California, 95945.
They also can contact Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4239.
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