Degage Ministries opens retail store, artisan market
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — There’s a brand new retail retailer downtown that’s now open to the general public and it’s creating greater than only a distinctive purchasing expertise.
The employees believes the brand new addition isn’t your common enterprise because it breaks present and potential obstacles for the Heartside Group.
“That is the one thrift retailer there may be down right here. When the Goodwill moved, it left an actual void down right here as a result of the folks we serve store there on a regular basis. And once they moved out additional, it wasn’t as straightforward to get there,” Degage Ministries Advertising Supervisor Bob Krater stated.
The shop is stuffed with new and used clothes in addition to equipment for women and men. Prospects can discover all the pieces they should keep heat or impress a possible employer throughout a job interview.
“It’s an exquisite boutique fashion purchasing expertise so those that need to discover reasonably priced merchandise can accomplish that in an exquisite house,” Degage Ministries Government Director Thelma Ensink stated.
Gadgets are lower than $10 however there are alternatives for many who can’t afford their buy.
“They will pay with their vouchers that they’ll earn at Degage for doing chores,” Victoria Spence stated.
Since opening in November, the shop has been accessible by appointments and solely served people who’re homeless and experiencing poverty.
Spence has been working with the shop since then as a part of Degage’s Workforce Growth Program. She credit the job with serving to her and others transition out of homelessness.
“I’ll be getting my very own house on Thursday. This retailer was my employment whereas I used to be ready to get my I.D. I couldn’t discover employment wherever else,” she stated.
There are 4 folks presently employed on the retailer, although the ministry is wanting so as to add extra workers sooner or later and develop into a spot of recent beginnings for many who work and store.
The shop is open Tuesday via Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday from 4 p.m. to six p.m. Extra hours are anticipated within the spring.