The store concept was approved by the MUST board at a recent meeting and construction is expected to start by Dec. 1. The board is contributing financially to the project and seeking other financial donors to reach the $100,000 investment requirement.
“MUST wants to continue the level of service provided to the 34,000 clients a year who come to us seeking help and hope,” said Ike Reighard, president and CEO of the non-profit organization. “After analyzing many resources, it became abundantly clear the organization has generous donors who bring more than enough clothing, housewares, furniture, shoes and other items to the Donation Center. Allocating the excess items to a thrift shop concept would allow MUST to continue giving clothing to clients and to sell the ‘extra’ to gain funds that support our mission.”
Plans for the store show areas for clothing, electronics, furniture, shoes, jewelry and other items typically found at thrift stores.
These items will be available to clients who have a dollar amount on a voucher equal to what they now receive in the MUST clothes closets. The public can also shop at the store.
MUST Marketplace donations can be taken to the MUST Donation Center, 55 Chastain Road, Suite 110, in Kennesaw, after Christmas.
MUST has operated for 42 years with the support of donations from local people, churches, businesses, organizations and grants that have sustained the now $5 million annual budget.