CENTER, TX (KTRE) - Shelby County Outreach Ministries has been helping those in need for more than 15 years and now with the recent opening of their new Unique Boutique, more funds will be available to help more people.
"Shelby County Outreach Ministries is on the verge of seeing all our dreams come true," said Pam White, the executive director of Shelby County Outreach Mission.
And their dream is to make sure those in need have their necessities.
"Basically, we want to make sure to do anything we can that would reach out to our elderly, our poor, anyone in need," White said. "We try to fill it in one of our programs."
Shelby County Outreach Ministries runs multiple programs as part of their non-profit work including: Meals On Wheels, two senior nutrition centers and Helping Hands.
"The Helping Hands program is where we feed people off the street and we also give out emergency food boxes, basically if anybody calls us with a need, we try and do something to meet it," said White.
Prior to opening the thrift store, White and her staff of only eight would just give away everything that was donated to the outreach.
"We're struggling with paying our bills, you know, so I talked to the board and I said, 'you know I think we should do a thrift store instead of giving things away.'"
And that idea turned into a reality when former Shelby County Judge Guy Griffin and his wife purchased a building and donated it to the cause.
White says the community is so generous that they just drive up to their back door and donate.
"People are so extraordinary in what they donate when they know it goes to a good cause like this," White said. "They just blow me away with the things that they donate so we sell it cheap. We say it's like the cheapest place you can go," said White.
The Unique Boutique is room after room of donated items where every dollar from every sale goes directly to the Shelby County Outreach Ministries to help those in the community.
"It's going to help us in any of our programs that need it," White said. "It's like whichever one is needing the assistance at the time but it will stay in Shelby County Outreach Ministries to fund our programs."
Jeff Wallace started working with the outreach ministry as part of a community service requirement but he says now they are his second family.
"I feel like it is very important because it's another way to give back to the community," Wallace said.
The staff and volunteers are running the entire boutique, all summer, without air conditioning until they can raise $18,000 to purchase one for the building.
For more information on how to be a part of the volunteer effort or make donations visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/SCOMhelpinghands?ref=br_tf