New Life Beginnings & Project H.O.P.E.
If many of of you aren’t aware, Treasure Hunt Thrift Store isn’t just a regular thrift store–what sets us apart from others is that all our proceeds go to the women’s and children’s shelter, New Life Beginnings. Rebecca Younger and Bonnie Beardslee founded the shelter in 1984 as a non-profit organization whose sole support relies on community involvement. Each year with the help of donations and volunteers, they provide homeless women and children with a safe and caring environment where they’re basic needs can be met.
However, beyond that they offer the women a chance to empower themselves and become contributing members of society. Through goal-orientated programs, the women are able to learn social, life, and relationship skills that will help them integrate into society. As part of the program, each resident meets with a case manager and counselor to develop a personal and individual plan to help her overcome her past and create new opportunities for her future.
Each year the community has hosted events to aid the women and children of New Life Beginnings. In December, volunteers visited throughout the month to do Christmas arts and crafts with the kids, decorate the home, and give the women and children gifts. Treasure Hunt was even apart of the Thanksgiving Drive that provided Thanksgiving dinners to those in the community who couldn’t afford one.
Apart from this work, New Life Beginnings currently sponsors Project H.O.P.E., a community outreach program that provides individuals with job skills training and work experience. Offered to anyone 18 years or older the program is five hours a week for five weeks in a classroom led by professionals in the industry who teach them various job skills. In those classes the topics covered include budgeting, math skills, cash register skills, customer service and communication, interview skills, and resume writing. In addition, the individuals volunteer at Treasure Hunt for three weeks after class in order to gain real-world experience before graduating from the program. Individuals who complete this program gain confidence, work experience, and above all the opportunity to build a successful future for themselves.
To learn more about New Life Beginnings and to read about the success stories they’ve had over their thirty years of service you can visit their website, newlifebeginnings.org. And if you would like to learn more about Project H.O.P.E. here’s a quick flyer with the general information and if you have any more questions feel free to stop by our store.