HAVEN gets boost from donated truck, new store
Bolstered by a new truck and a new store, HAVEN in Lee County officials are looking forward to a brighter future.
The organization, which assists victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse, receives much of its funding through its two HAVEN's Treasures shops — a new boutique in downtown Sanford and a thrift store in downtown Jonesboro — but was only able to accept in-store donations in the past.
Now, with a truck donated from local nonprofit Willing Hands — funded through the Holiday Sox luncheon the group holds each year — HAVEN will be able to go out and pick up large items. According to HAVEN leaders, the change will help the organization, the people it serves and the donors themselves, who can claim tax deductions.
Beverly McGilveary, who directs HAVEN's shelter for women and children trying to get away from abusive situations, said those families often need furniture and appliances when they leave the shelter to start a new life. And because they have their pick of items from the agency's stores, she said, the potential the new truck has to increase donations of large items could be very beneficial. Plus, the money from anything that shelter residents don't pick up and gets sold instead goes straight into HAVEN's coffers.
"We have a lot of clients that come with absolutely nothing and are trying to reestablish their life," McGilveary said. "And when they move out of the shelter or state housing, they need furniture."
HAVEN has also recently changed the location, focus and selection of its downtown Sanford shop from a thrift store to a boutique that will sell more expensive, higher-end items. East End Boutique, now located at 160 Charlotte Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays — the same hours as the Jonesboro store.
McGilveary said the stores receive many calls from people wanting to donate furniture or other large items, but only if volunteers could come pick them up — offers they always had to turn down in the past.
"We're moving to bigger and better things," McGilveary said. "We're optimistic about the future, especially with what we'll be able to do with this truck now — and the boutique."
The truck donation was the brainchild of Carol Carlson, chairwoman of the Willing Hands Board of Directors who also recently joined HAVEN's Board of Directors and heard about the obstacles to donation.
Carlson said Holiday Sox has a long tradition of donating its proceeds to HAVEN, which made the pitch to that group an easy one. She described the event's supporters as a cross-section of women who recognize the need for HAVEN's services and help out by donating or buying tickets to the annual luncheon.
"It also just symbolically shows what a group of women can get done over lunch," she said.
- To contact HAVEN for help or with questions about its services, call (919) 774-8923.
- For the Sanford boutique, call (919)-708-5166.
- For the Jonesboro thrift store, call (919) 776-5979.