Thrift Shop Grand Reopening
Last Updated on 16 May 2011
After three months of construction, the expansion of BCABVI’s Thrift Shop is complete. On February 18th, the staff, board, volunteers, donors and customers came together for the official reopening. The expanded areas feature a contemporary book room, 524 sq. ft. of new retail space and a secure drop off area for our donors.
Our sincere thanks go out to all the people who made this project possible including: John MacIntyre of Twining Construction, Inc., Joseph Catelli—architect, the Operations Committee of BCABVI’s Board, the staff of the thrift shop and our loyal customers and donors. Without everyone’s commitment to this expansion, we wouldn’t have been able to make it happen.
The Thrift Shop was established over 30 years ago as a way to raise funds to support BCABVI’s mission. In 2010, we updated our mission to reflect the changing needs of our clients. “BCABVI provides resources, answers and support for people with blindness or other visual impairment that maximize their ability to meet life’s daily challenges and realize their continued self-worth and value to our community.”
The Thrift Shop serves not only as a source of financial support for the agency, but as a direct connection to our community. This expansion allows us to reach more community members and to further educate the public about BCABVI, our mission and the services we provide.
BCABVI Board President Duane E. Buck, Executive Director Anne Marie Spinden, Thrift Shop Manager Gretchen Skinner, Board member Walt Jamison and Board member Thomas Bogia cut the ribbon for the Grand Reopening of the Thrift Shop