The Raleigh Rescue Mission is moving its donation center to a bigger space and opening a thrift store.
The donation center, which accepts clothes and household items, has already moved from its former location on Corporation Parkway to a new spot on Capital Boulevard. The thrift store is set to open at the space on June 20.
Raleigh Rescue Mission is a nonprofit that helps the homeless, unemployed and people dealing with domestic violence. The group provides food, clothing and other items, and also offers recovery services, adult education and housing and medical assistance.
In March, the mission provided more than 9,000 meals, according to its website.
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Donations to the group have drastically increased over the years, and the 10,000-square-foot space on Corporation Parkway wasn’t big enough, said Lynn Daniell, executive director of Raleigh Rescue Mission.
The new location, at 4700 Capital Blvd. near the intersection with Millbrook Road, has 25,000 square feet of space.
The rescue mission used to operate a thrift store at the old donation center but closed it 18 years ago because it wasn’t profitable and the location wasn’t ideal, Daniell said.
About a year ago, the Raleigh Rescue Mission’s board of directors decided to open a store once again as a way to make money. The group looked at 10 to 12 potential spaces before choosing the Capital Boulevard spot.
The area is visible to traffic and easily accessible.
“This came up at just the right time with a workable lease,” Daniell said.
The increased revenue will help support the group’s programs, he said.
About 1,170 people are homeless in Wake County, according to the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness. Of those, about 228 are children.
The Raleigh Rescue Mission depends on donations to help those in need. The group is currently accepting donations of gently used furniture, household items and clothing.
The group’s most urgent needs include plastic cups, liquid hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels, baby wipes, women’s underwear, Poise pads, olive oil, breakfast meats and umbrellas.
Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Once the thrift store opens June 20, hours will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
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