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Hospitality House uses crowdfunding website Indiegogo to raise money for thrift store

Hospitality House wants to raise $56,000 toward the costs of opening a thrift store, and has started an Indiegogo page in hopes of securing the funds.

Hospitality House, which provides food and shelter for the homeless, is facing the loss of its portion of $600,000 in grant money next year. That potential loss has led Cindy Maple, Hospitality House’s director, to plan for a new thrift store — Bread and Roses Thrift and More — geared to both draw new revenue for the shelter and provide job training for its guests.

The thrift store, which has no set opening date or location yet selected, requires thousands of dollars in start-up costs. Hospitality House hopes to raise that money through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo.



The Indiegogo page went live today.

“This campaign is hugely important for us,” Maple said.




People can give by visiting the website http://www.igg.me/at/hhshelter, and sign in with their Indiegogo account or through Facebook.

Joanna Robinson, Hospitality House’s development director, wants the thrift store in a high-traffic area. It’ll feature typical thrift store items like furniture and clothes, but also showcase musical concerts and the work of local artists.

“It’s all going to be relevant to social justice,” Robinson said. “It’s going to be a beautiful, visual store. We have some people that are very good at design.”

Robinson said Hospitality House guests will get job training in the store. They’ll clerk, sew and repair furniture, among other tasks. The store also will serve as a spot for the culinary job-training class to sell its products.

The nonprofit anticipates earning a minimum of $50,000 in its first year in net revenue, Robinson says in a statement.

According to Robinson, Hospitality House opted for Indiegogo as its fundraising tool because its reach encompasses the globe. Additionally, the crowdfunding website allows Hospitality House to raise awareness about homelessness and its Sutton Way shelter in Grass Valley.

“It’s a very state-of-the-art way to reach a great many people, and the sum total of their donations can make all the difference,” Robinson said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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