Haven House owner hopes second store gives addicts a second chance

Haven House

The new location of Haven House is right before Holiday Plaza in Miramar Beach. It should be open by mid-December.

Molly Mosher | The Sun
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 05:00 PM.

Haven House founder Charles Plauche hopes two thrift stores will be better than one for funding the Haven House mission to provide faith-based addiction recovery.

Plauche’s second thrift store in Miramar Beach will be open by the middle of December. The longtime owner hopes the new store will help expand the Haven House mission, if only to its previous numbers.

Because of shortfalls in budgeting, “we had cut down on the population,” said Plauche. Haven House has 15 in its recovery program, but Plauche hopes that number grows to 30, where it was before the downturn in the economy.

The store had to cut back due to the recession and the 2010 oil spill, but now, Plauche says, “It’s stabilizing.”

The new 8,000-square-foot showroom, at 12381 W. U.S. Highway 98, will have furniture, home goods, clothing, books, and electronics, much like the existing store at Nellie Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.

The new store will help further the Haven House mission and provide some well-needed healing and treatment to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it.

“We will use that funding from the new store to fund the beds. Hopefully that will help us get back to our full capacity … we still want to provide for the people who can’t go anywhere else,” said Plauche.

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