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Organization opens thrift store after thieves steal $1,200 in tools

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Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas is rebounding by building a thrift store after thieves stole $1,200 worth of tools.

They used the tools to maintain their community garden.

With the opening of Hillcrest Thrift Store at 7824 Quivira in Lenexa, they're hoping to make up for that loss and use the new steady income to offer their transitional housing program to more people who need it.

Hillcrest’s goal is to give homeless people a fresh start in life.

“People come to us literally off the streets and, when they graduate from our program, they move into a place of their own choosing,” said Chuck Arney, Director of Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas.

Emily Hagen is a social worker who stopped by and shopped to show her support. She appreciates Hillcrest’s Approach; it’s not a handout, it’s a hand up.

“Teach these people how to get back on their feet, the life skills that they need, making a budget, how to save money, how to interview,” Hagen said. “Those types of things are extremely important to combat homelessness in KC.”

Monica Stoneking volunteers with Hillcrest. She brought her 7-year-old son, Eli, to donate items and have a little fun shopping, too.

“A major reason I got involved is because they help individuals that are aging out of the foster program, that have nowhere to go,” Stoneking said. “I look at my son and I think that could have been him.”

Stoneking adopted Eli out of the foster care system when he was a baby. Now, she’s trying to teach him to do good and help others.

“It's not a handout,” she said. “It's not a place where you just sit and wait for something good to happen to you. You need to work hard and these are families that are willing to work hard to make a difference in society and not just to sit and wait for things to come to them.”

If you want to help the organization, you can shop at the thrift store or donate. You can drop off gently used clothing, toys, and furniture right next door to the store at their donation center.

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