House of Mercy benefits the community

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Provided by House of Mercy (HOM)

In addition to a clothing and food outreach to in-need neighbors in the greater Manassas community, House of Mercy (HOM) has a large thrift store. Recycling gently used clothing instead of sending it into the landfill is an important advantage for everyone, making the thrift store industry eco-friendly. The U.S. generates around 25 billion pounds of brand-new textiles per year, of which 85 percent eventually heads for landfills1.  According to America’s Research Group, a consumer research firm, about 16 to 18 percent of Americans will shop at a thrift store each year2.

Using their retail platform to provide other much-needed services to the community, HOM’s store fills a niche. Clothing, often designer items from high-end retailers, is the most donated, the most requested and most important item. The store provides a shopping outlet for seniors, for large families, and people wanting to add one-of-a-kind unique items to their wardrobe. “Profits from sales go directly into our programs,” said Felice Hilton, Assistant Director of HOM. “Clients in our aid program receive a monthly stipend to get the clothing and shoes they need for their families. We also have a food pantry and free classes, so there’s a need for space here,” she continued.

In order to help the local community more, HOM store policy has changed to the patrons’ benefit.           All adult clothing is $2.99, and all children’s clothing (and adult t-shirts) are ninety-nine cents.

This results in loads of clothes passing through the store each day. The volunteers who inspect, sort and display the clothing and home goods play the pivotal role in keeping the store stocked with around 300 newly displayed clothing pieces each day. “We cannot continually create this beautiful store without our wonderful volunteers,” said Von Barron, Store and Warehouse Manager. “I keep telling them they’re getting a raise.”

  1. weardonaterecycle.org/about/issue.html

      2. narts.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3285

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