On Monday, Feb. 19, a new resale boutique called Hope’s Closet officially opened up in Champlin.
Hope 4 Youth, an Anoka-based charity dedicated to providing resources to homeless youth, opened up a thrift store to support their various services and initiatives.
Hope 4 Youth’s Executive Director Lisa Jacobson explained that since the nonprofit built Hope’s Place, a transitional housing facility, the staff began to explore creative ways to diversify their revenue. She added that the idea for a resale boutique sparked two years ago. “A lot of the donations that came in were beautiful, but they weren’t necessarily what homeless youth were looking for,” Jacobson said.
Moving forward, the staff planned to open up a shop to resell leftover donations and other donations provided by the local community. In fact, Hope’s Closet is fully stocked with donations, including women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and home decor and gift items.
Laurel Hansen, a social enterprise manager at Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities (MACC), collaborated with Hope 4 Youth on opening the charity shop. “This a great example of what we’re trying to accomplish, which is really to help community organizations start businesses to sustain their missions,” Hansen said.
All profits made at Hope’s Closet go back into Hope 4 Youth’s programs, including a resource center and on-site healthcare clinic for homeless youth, a transitional housing program, trauma-informed and strength-based supportive services, a spiritual-based support group, a new moms program, and housing counseling.
Not only are 100 percent of the items that fill the retail space donations, but 100 percent of the staff members are volunteers. “A boutique was really kind of my dream, and it took the right volunteers to make it happen,” Jacobson said.
Whenever Hope’s Closet is open, the volunteers on staff will accept donations of clean, gently-used items. Community members are welcome to support shop by following its tagline, “Shop. Donate. Volunteer.”
Before opening up to the general the public, a soft opening took place on Friday, Feb. 16., where Hope 4 Youth board members, staff and volunteers were invited to bring a plus one and check out the store. Now that the shop is open, the local community can shop the carefully curated store, which is chock-full of in-season clothing and unique gift ideas like vintage lunch boxes and jewelry.
The shop is located off Hwy. 169 at 11350 Aquila Drive North Suite 905, Champlin, Minnesota, 55316, and it’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month.
More information about Hope‘s Closet can be found at hope4youthmn.org/hopescloset.