Jul 22, 2014 7:48 PM
A thrift store in downtown Redding is getting a second chance at serving the community -- that's all thanks to Goodwill.
The pieces are slowly coming together to revamp "People of Progress", or "POP"-- a thrift store that does so much more.
"We're a food bank and resource center and we give a lot more to the community than just food, blankets and diapers. We help connect people to resources and help untangle their situation...People of Progress's mission is to strengthen individual families and our community."
Business has gone down for the thrift store in recent years -- which means lost funds for services they provide to the less fortunate.
"In the last 5 years, government grants have been down by 75% and at the same time, a double whammy is our thrift store sales have been down by 50%."
A few years ago, "POP" was averaging up to $140,000 per year -- now, they're making about $80,000.
Local and regional donors pitched in to help, but it still wasn't enough to keep them in business.
"We're barely making it, and the thrift store sales weren't there. We weren't really making it."
More than 14,000 people would have lost access to the food bank and legal services that POP provides, until Goodwill stepped in to help.
"About 2 months ago, I had coffee with the CEO of Goodwill and I let him know we could be closing really soon and he said we can't let that happen...what would the community do without your services?"
And today -- "POP" is being stocked with new inventory, new racks and new life.
"We've used the term good work, good progress and good will for years...so it's kismet I'd say that Goodwill has stepped in to save us for the community."
"People of Progress" will celebrate its grand re-opening on Friday, July 25th at 9 a.m.
You can also help donate food, clothing and other items to their store on Center Street in downtown Redding.