Chico Salvation Army gearing up to reopen its thrift stores

The move could be life-saving for local addicts hoping for a new lease on life.

Posted: May 29, 2020 10:55 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Salvation Army is getting ready to reopen its thrift stores.

The move could be life-saving for local addicts hoping for a new lease on life.

"I feel like I have a recovery family, they're definitely as close as my family," said Stacy Goodrich.

Stacy Goodrich graduated from the Salvation Army’s' George Walker Adult Rehabilitation Center 11 months ago. Goodrich works with Salvation Army Major, Ray Yant - the administrator at the center.

"I was blessed enough to get a job here," said Goodrich. "So it helps me stay connected and stay connected in recovery especially with this COVID."

Yant says there are 50 beds in the center - 30 for men and 20 for women.

"It’s not full today, because people have left and we have not opened our doors yet," said Yant. "Expect this past week, we have started letting people back in. We're holding everything in house on lockdown. We have meetings all the time here, but instead of them being able to go to some of the AA, NA, and see their sponsors and other programs that they're involved in, we've closed that down and basically have done it our self in house."

Yant says they have six thrift stores currently. In August, they will be opening the seventh store.

"All of our stores have been closed because of the virus. Which has really hurt us financially because that was the sole income," said Yant. “People don't realize this program, even though it's free for the individuals and costs us about $1,500 per beneficiary per month - the sole income that we have for this is the items that we have in our thrift stores."

Yant said they have been selling things online to help and will be having a yard sale this weekend. The yard sale will take place on Saturday, May 30, from 7 a.m to noon at the Browns Valley Drive location.

"We’re looking for alternatives so we can continue to keep our doors open," said Yant.

Yant said on Tuesday, they'll open the store on 7th and Broadway. Yant told Action News Now if you’re looking to donate, they need money, not items.

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