Great news! The Bargain Center store has been back up and running for 3 weeks+ and the Mission is accepting new residents. Those are both great things to share with y'all.
With COVID 19 still lingering, we took great strides to reopen the Bargain Center and start accepting new residents into our program. However, we have still seen a downturn in the number of customers at the store. We'd love for you to share our Facebook and website page with everyone you know. All, meaning 100% of the proceeds from our store go to support the Mission. We have the capacity to hold 18 men in our program. We'd love to have each and every bed filled.
The store is a major part of our revenue funding. With that said, we'd love to have your donations. You can drop them off or we can come and pick them up. Please refer to our most-needed items on the website to see not only what we do accept, but also what we don't.
After 23 years of service, our resident manager, Mr. Willie, has retired and moved into his own new home!! Such exciting news and it is great to see how he is enjoying his new life and the path that is ahead for him. I made the decision once Mr. Willie retired to hire Mr. Wade Fox. Wade is VERY familiar with our program, the requirements and responsibilities included therein.
The COVID virus set us back financially and we are trying to recover. As a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 there are many funding sources that are off-limits to us. As such, please keep us in mind for donations of clothing, furniture, housewares, tools and other items. As well, we accept monetary donations that again, all proceeds go towards the funding and running of our Mission. Since 1974 we've been helping those men with hurts, habits & hangups that are homeless. We have a very long history here in Wilmington and fully expect to keep moving in that direction for another 45+ years.
Some great news is that we currently have 5 men in our men's recovery program that have obtained employment. Some with the help of this Mission and others who obtained their positions on their own. We are so excited to see these men take the next step towards independence and self-sufficiency.
To our donors, volunteers and customers, we thank you all for everything you have done and continue to do. Along with them we'd like to say thank you to our partners such as the Harrelson Center, New Hanover Disaster Coalition, ONE Christian Network and many others who have stood beside us and helped us for so very long. We could NOT make it without all of you.
In closing, please consider us for your donation of time, talents and treasures. If you'd like to donate items, stop by or we can come and get them. If you'd like to volunteer, please let us know. And for those who wish to remain anonymous and donate to us financially, we thank you as well!!
God Bless you all, stay safe and be well.
Each week, we will be providing updates on the Mission and Bargain Center of the Rescue Mission of Cape Fear. COVID has changed and altered the way that we all do things now, the Mission included. Weekly we will provide updates about the changes and happenings from the Mission and Store.
We closed the Bargain Center at 5 pm on March 21st and didn't reopen for business until Saturday May 9th. As such, we lost a significant amount of revenue and lost many, many donations. Most of the donations we accept are for resale in our store, however, a fair amount go to the men in our residential recovery program such as clothes, toiletries, daily essentials, etc. When we closed due to the virus, we also experienced a great loss in donations of food that go to feed the men in our program. As such, our food pantry has been greatly depleted.
At this point, we are in need of a few things. First and foremost, we are seeking food donations for the men in our program. These donations could include ground beef, poultry, pork, large cans of vegetables and fruits, paper products such as toilet paper and paper towels along with disposable plates, napkins, eating utensils, etc. Other items would be rices, flour, sugar and other shelf-stable items that are needed on a daily basis.
As well, we are in need of financial donations of any amount. Each and every penny counts. With the loss of revenue for 8 weeks, we suffered a setback and are trying to recover as best as we can. Your financial donations can go to buying the much-needed items for the Mission as well as help us with our daily operating expenses such as power, water, transportation costs and the like.
Please contact us if you'd like more information on how to make a donation. We'd love to partner with you as individuals, companies and other local community groups to help us keep striving to work on our "mission" at the Mission.
God Bless you all and thank you for your continued support of the Rescue Mission of Cape Fear!!