The new thrift store opened by Ann Davis Transition Society is going to take the organization to the next level, said ADTS executive director Patti MacAhonic
“In opening the Ann’s Treasures and Thrift Store today, we are standing on the shoulders of women who have come before us in assisting Ann Davis. I think this is going to take things to the next level.”
The store will not help in providing ADTS clients with direct donations, but it’s also a way to create a new revenue stream for Ann Davis from its generous community donations.
“It’s very difficult to find the necessary funding for all the things we do,” said MacAhonic.
It’s a constant struggle to secure money for anything from juice for children’s programs at ADTS, to funding for a half-time staffer to deal with addictions and mental health issues.
“If we can make this work and the community stands behind us, we will be able to provide excellent service and sustain the organization,” she said.
Mayor Sharon Gaetz, who shared the ribbon cutting duties with MacAhonic and MLA John Martin, welcomed the new thrift store to the downtown neighbourhood.
The shop is located on Yale Road, across from the post office.
“When people walk in to Ann Davis for help, they feel like they’ve been beat up, discarded, of no value.
“You are the people who bring them hope,” Gaetz said. “This is very symbolic because the thrift store takes something discarded and gives it new life when someone else walks out with that dress. That woman should never have been discarded.
“So thanks to Ann Davis Transition Society for not being just another organization. You came out and really did the hard work. Welcome to the neighbourhood.”
MLA John Martin praised the caring nature of Chilliwackians.
“One of the things I have noticed in my short time in public life in Chilliwack is how giving and caring we are as a community,” he said.
He called the new Ann Davis thrift shop, the “latest in long list of accomplishments” in that regard. He noted that it’s a completely grassroots effort that is sure to make a difference in the community.