Planned expansion of the Salvation Army thrift store


The Salvation Army is moving forward with plans to expand its thrift store by late July and early August.

The expansion will entail the relocation of the store to better accommodate their inventory. It is still in the preliminary stages of submitting all documents, Salvation Army Captain Kari Rudd said, adding that an official announcement of the new location and the planned opening date will be made public shortly. time after.

Tamuning’s current location, where he moved in 2017, has been limited. This led to having to refuse donations.

“We have to grow because we have to make more money to be truly creditworthy,” Rudd said. community of Guam. “

Outside the Salvation Army thrift store in Tamuning on Saturday July 10, 2021.


Proceeds from the thrift store are used to support Salvation Army programs such as the Family Service Center, Lighthouse Recovery Center, Disaster Emergency Services, Pantry and summer programs for young people.

The goal is to get to a point where the organization can sustain itself financially. To do this, the size of the thrift store must be doubled to be able to sell more products and accept donations again.

“The thrift store itself refuses donations. He’s doing really well on the island so that’s something we want to emphasize and focus on, ”Rudd said.

Inside the Salvation Army thrift store at its Tamuning location on Saturday July 10, 2021.

Looking forward to

Salvation Army thrift store manager Doris Young said the current location is larger than their old thrift store, across The Onward Beach Resort. However, expansion is still needed for the amount they received.

“We are impatiently awaiting the move, we have passed it. The people here in Guam are so generous. I guess they believe in our Salvation Army programs, ”Young said.

She looks forward to receiving furniture donations, which is not possible at the moment.

Young hopes this expansion will provide a greater opportunity for those with limited finances to purchase clothing and goods at reasonable prices. The Family Service Center also provides vouchers for people to shop for their families at the thrift store.

Jackson Stephens is a Pacific Daily News reporter covering poverty as a member of the Report for America Corps.

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