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Thrift shop reopens after eviction, financial woes

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An Adams thrift shop is back open after having nowhere to operate over the past two months. YNN's Elizabeth Jeneault spoke with the shop's organizers who say they feel blessed to have their new location and to return to serving their community.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- "You have a lot of people out of work, a lot of people with kids. The prices here are reasonable, you know, it's great. I'm loss for words. I'm happy for them," said Henderson resident Maggie Brennan.

A happy ending to a very rough few months. Hearthstone Ministries' thrift shop was evicted from its former location on East State Street this past August. Costly rent, expensive bills and issues with the landlord left the ministries group without a place to operate their thrift shop. That was until Evergreen Estates, a Central Square-based company, offered William Sampson a space rent-free.

"When I spoke to the lady that actually operates it, she thought this would be a great thing for her building as well as this community. Basically, they donated this space to us for as long as we'd like to use it," said William Sampson of Hearthstone Ministries Thrift Shop.

Employees at the store say this location is a palace compared to the last one. Now they don't have to deal with broken floors, black mold and they have a much better heating system.

With a safe space to operate out of, organizers say they can get back to doing what they love most.

"I've had kids come in, they've purchased a little shirt, they outgrow it, they come back and they're like, 'I want to give this back to you' and you see the next generation. It's definitely a tradition," said Rebecca Cabrera of Hearthstone Ministries Thrift Shop.

Ninety percent of the shop's sales go toward emergency assistance programs run by the ministries group. They are happy to have the space to raise money for those efforts, yet they're also looking toward the possibility of getting another rent free space to hold classes and workshops in.

Cabrera said, "We need a space that adults or kids alike can come and get educated and not feel like they're being judged."

The Edge, a teen center based in Adams, is planning to donate Hearthstone Ministries their building. Just another blessing in the eyes of the organizers.

Because any non-profit that donates to another non-profit must go through court litigations, Hearthstone Ministries is waiting to see if the court will allow The Edge to give them their building.

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