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Grace Centers Of Hope Celebrates Official Grand Opening Of New Oak Park Thrift Store, June 22-23

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Local Dignitaries and special guests at 10 a.m. on June 22

 
PRLog - Jun. 7, 2012 - PONTIAC, Mich., June 7, 2012 – Grace Centers of Hope, one of southeast Michigan’s oldest and largest homeless shelters, today announced the official grand opening of its newest thrift store at 23105 Coolidge Highway in Oak Park. Located in the Oak Park Plaza on the northwest corner of Nine Mile Rd. and Coolidge, the store will host an official ribbon cutting ceremony with local dignitaries and special invited guests at 10 a.m. on Fri., June 22.  The grand opening festivities will continue through Sat., June 23. The store opened for business on May 21.  

“The opening of our Oak Park Thrift Store is a wonderful opportunity for us to offer local customers new and gently used merchandise at incredibly discounted prices,” said Pastor Kent Clark, CEO of Grace Centers of Hope. “Furthermore, because our thrift stores help fund the quality programs and services of Grace Centers of Hope, customers will appreciate their dollars spent being used to support a local nonprofit organization.”  

In celebration of the Oak Park grand opening, a special giveaway will be held at each of the four Grace Centers of Hope Thrift Store locations. Customers can visit each store and register to win a prize, including furniture sets at Warren, Waterford and Sterling Heights and a new 46” flat screen TV at Oak Park.  The four winners will be announced June 27 at 3 p.m. on the Bob Dutko show on 103.5 WMUZ-FM.

All Grace Centers of Hope Thrift Stores sell new and gently used clothing items, furniture, appliances, dishes, toys, books, jewelry and general household items.  Proceeds from the sale of these items support Grace Centers of Hope’s Emergency Shelter, One Year Life Skills Program for men and women, Children’s Programs and After Care Programs.  Roughly, 50 percent of the nonprofit’s $5.3 million annual budget are supported by revenue from its thrift stores.

The new Oak Park store will also serve as a donation center.  All items donated are tax deductible and can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Donation pick-ups are available for large items like furniture, appliances and bags of clothing.  Individuals who wish to donate can call 1-855-HELP-GCH.  Items can be dropped off at Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac or at each Grace Centers of Hope Thrift Store location. Once inspected, cleaned, sorted, priced and displayed, the donated merchandise is ready for resale to the general public.

Grace Centers of Hope Thrift Store locations are open Monday through Saturday and include:
·       Warren – 26740 Dequindre Road – 586 -582-9334
·       Sterling Heights – 43584 Van Dyke – 586-997-9942
·       Waterford – 5919 Highland Road – 248-618-7057
·       Oak Park – 23105 Coolidge Highway – 248-556-7060
·       Toll Free for any store: 1-855-HELP GCH

Grace Centers of Hope Oak Park Thrift Store Grand Opening Schedule:  

Friday, June 22, 2012
·       10 – 10:30 a.m. – Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with local dignitaries and special invited guests.
·       11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Complimentary soft drinks and hot dogs
·       11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Wheel of Fortune Game at the cash register where customers can spin the wheel to receive additional discounts on merchandise
·       10 a.m. – The first 125 customers will receive balloons upon making a purchase with $2 or $5 gift certificates inside redeemable in July or August, depending on the certificate
·       Noon to 4 p.m. – A 103.5 WMUZ-FM DJ will be on-site to call in live to the Bob Dutko Show and provide an update on the day’s activities, which includes giveaways of concert tickets, CDs and other prizes to customers

Sat., June 23, 2012
·       11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Complimentary soft drinks and hot dogs
·       11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Wheel of Fortune Game at the cash register where customers can spin the wheel to receive additional discounts on merchandise
·       10 a.m. – The first 125 customers will receive balloons upon making a purchase with $2 or $5 gift certificates inside redeemable in July or August, depending on the certificate
·       2 p.m. – Men of Grace performance. The group, which consists of men who are currently in or have completed Grace Centers of Hope’s One Year Life Skills Program, performs gospel-blues jazz with emphasis on vocal harmony

For more information about Grace Centers of Hope Thrift Stores, visit www.gracecentersofhope.org .  

About Grace Centers of Hope
Giving hope to the helpless since 1942, Grace Centers of Hope is considered one of the leading faith-based organizations in Southeastern Michigan, daily confronting issues of homelessness, addiction, poverty, abuse and spiritual emptiness. On any given night, Grace Centers of Hope provides transitional and emergency shelter to 150-200 men, women and children, in addition to serving more than 100,000 meals each year. Grace’s $5.3 million yearly budget is maintained solely through its thrifts store operations and corporate and private donors, exclusive of any government assistance.  To learn more about Grace Centers of Hope or to make a donation, please visit www.gracecentersofhope.org .

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