The Path of Grace Thrift Store is moving out of its 5,000 square-foot warehouse space and into a new 11,000 square-foot retail space, formally known as Beach Zone in
"We had grown out of our last space," said Path of Grace Managing Director, Eddie Mansfield. "People didn't even have enough room to shop."
The Path of Grace Thrift Store originated out of little house on U.S. Hwy. 331 in
It was luck to find retail space available, said
"We had starting looking for space and raising money about a year ago," he said. "Building is so expensive in this area, so we were lucky to find a space that's big enough. We even have enough space to expand and build a second floor in the future."
The Path of Grace is a faith-based, long-term facility for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Women are asked for at least a six-month commitment, but can leave whenever they want because of the open door policy.
The cost of treatment through the program is $800 upfront, although the organization never turns away anyone lacking in funds. Room, board, clothes and most of the women's extracurricular activities are paid for by the organization, but with the program they are also paid for their work at the thrift store with pocket money and funds that are directly sent to a savings account. At the end of an 18-month period, a woman can save up to $4,800.
The thrift store is also a place where women can earn a sense of pride in their hard work. Deliveries, sales, managing — it's all done by the 15 or so women in the program.
"They're even in the process of moving inventory to the new store now,"
The Path of Grace program is supported almost entirely by the thrift store and private donations. The next big goal the organization is fundraising for is a second home to add on their property in
"We would like to see ourselves helping more ladies in the future,"