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Dec. 4 to Mark Final Day of Sales to the Public for Friends of the Carpenter's 2nd Chance Thrift Store - 11/30/18

Vancouver, WA – Tues., Dec. 4 will mark the final day of sales to the public for the 2nd Chance Thrift Store, 3414 NE 52nd St, Vancouver, which is operated by Friends of the Carpenter.

“Life is a series of crossroads, which give us the opportunity to explore our potential. For Friends of the Carpenter, the decision to close the 2nd Chance Thrift Store marked such a crossroads this year for our organization,” said Tom Iberle, executive director. “We are ready to step down the next path of our journey and with the support of our community we’ll travel it together, continuing our mission to provide safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. We are so very grateful to the Store’s founders, the many donors, our customers and especially our dedicated volunteers who kept the 2nd Chance going for almost 9 years.”

A decision to close the store was made in Sept. due to numerous factors. Store sales had been steadily in decline since 2013, during which the highest point of gross sales was reached at $166,000. A historical low occurred in 2017, with sales just over $115,000. In the same year, facilities, accounting, and administrative staff time expenses resulted in a net income of just $16,000.

About Friends of the Carpenter

Friends of the Carpenter was incorporated in Vancouver, WA in Oct. 1998 and began as a vision of a practical outreach of simple welcome and personal interaction between volunteers from the church and people living in poverty. Since the beginning, regular contact has been made with the homeless and poor persons of our community through woodworking events scheduled throughout the community and which, today, are held at FOC’s Friendship Center. Our mission: Friends of the Carpenter is a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at friendsofthecarpenter.org.

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