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Thrift shop discount raises money for homeless shelter

GREENSBURG – A fundraising venture for the Greensburg Transitional Living Center (TLC) is closing out the summer with a special sale this week intended to help the nonprofit local homeless shelter.

Greensburg TLC Thrift Shop store manager Jan Bartels said everything in the store located at 318 S. East St. will be available at half price this week, as the shop attempts to move out summer clothing and other items to make way for fall and winter goods.


The shop is open from noon to 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.

Bartels has managed the store, which features household goods, furniture, clothing, knick-knacks and more, since it opened in April. The idea was to utilize the building owned by the TLC to generate a source of income that would help the nonprofit homeless resource center manage monthly expenses.

All of the items at the shop have been donated by community members.

Additionally, the space above the store has been rented out by the TLC for an additional income stream to weather operating expenses.

The building is located in the former home of Scheidler Brothers Paint Store, which relocated to 1036 N. Lincoln in 2015.

Bartels said business at the thrift store has gone well thus far, though she worried that some community members might not be aware that the shop is open to everyone. The store has been buoyed by help from volunteers – including residents/clients of the TLC – and although the shop is intended to help those people in need, it is not limited to their patronage.

“I think we’re doing okay,” Bartels said. “Sales seem to be picking up as we go along. We just want to let people know that it’s open to the public.”

Those who have visited may have found some good deals on books, secondhand clothing, pots and pans, and a whole lot more. Household goods such as cookware and glassware have been among the biggest sellers thus far, Bartels said.

Bartels said the store is currently accepting donations, preferably while the shop is open. A box located at the rear of the store is also available for items donated during daytime hours. Bartels said clothing is likely to be accepted again “within the next month.”

She added that clothing of all sizes is available at the shop, which strives to offer something for everyone.

Agape Center planning shelf-stable food drive for October

Bartels also serves as director of the Greensburg Agape Center, a separate nonprofit housed within the TLC — and less than a stone’s throw from the secondhand shop. The two entities often work in tandem to help people in need. The Agape Center helps cover bills and provides toiletries, food and other needed goods for approved clients.

“We work together, but we’re two completely separate organizations,” Bartels said.

The Agape Center also keeps a stock of non-perishable food that is available to visitors during regular hours of operation (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Thursday, and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays).

“We always have a shelf out front, and people can come in anytime that we’re open,” Bartels said.

That stock of food is set to increase, perhaps significantly, with a donation drive planned for October.

Bartels said canned goods and other non-perishables will be collected at the Agape Center (310 S. East St.), Moeller Insurance Agency (122 N. Franklin St.), Cornerstone Bakery (1202 N. Lincoln St.), and at Agape Center member churches.

More details are set to become available soon.

Bartels said donations at the center will not be turned away prior to October, either, as there is always a need. She did not have data regarding recent services of the center immediately available, but said trends show a decrease in clients assisted in recent months. That can be chalked up, at least in part, to an improving economy and an unemployment rate that ranks among the best in the state.

Data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development released earlier this month showed that close to 15,000 Decatur County residents were employed as of July, a small bump over numbers from the same point in 2016.

Bartels said Agape Center staff and volunteers are hoping to continue to meet the needs of the community.

“More people are working, so the need isn’t as great,” Bartels said. “But there is still a need. We’re still helping people and we still have days where there are eight to 10 clients coming in. The need is definitely still there.”

With that need comes the hope for more volunteers – at the TLC, its thrift shop and the Agape Center as well.

The TLC Thrift Store can be reached at 812-593-1931; the TLC at 812-560-1984, and the Agape Center at 812-222-4273.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056; brent.brown@greensburgdailynews.com

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