NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Thanks to the generosity of others, a Nacogdoches woman has regained use of her home - as a home. That's because the foster care organization, "IMPACT," has moved to a new location.
Julia Jones, the volunteer director of Imagine Many People All Coming Together, or IMPACT, wasted no time setting up the organization's new location near downtown Nacogdoches. The task's completion means she regains use of her own home.
"My home has been our base of location for the last four years, Jones said. "My two-car garage is full. My two bedrooms are full."
Most of the items are now in a retail space donated by ARC Building.
"And now it's this big, and we have about 2,000 square feet here," Jones said.
It is enough space to store donated items that can be sold to raise money for the things foster children need.
"We're selling only the overage," Jones said. "Things that are donated that we cannot use for the children. And use those funds to buy the shoes, the clothing, or the backpacks or the school uniforms, bedding, whatever the children need."
In addition to the retail space are a warehouse and office. Joey Ross gave Impact a truck to pick up donations. Another volunteer donated a storage building.
The Impact Thrift and Gift is located at 801 Main Street. They don't have their sign yet, but a volunteer is making it.
The generosity portrays Impact's mission statement. It reads, "I am not afraid to grieve. I am afraid of what would happen to these children if no one took the time to love them."
"I's made our dream come true," Jones said.
Impact Thrift and Gift opens on Friday at 8 a.m. Once again, you'll find it at 801 East Main in Nacogdoches.