By Natalie Simms
Community Share Ministries, Inc. is expanding into Rome and Floyd County with the opening of a Thrift Store at 3001 Rockmart Highway, the site of former Two Broke Girls Thriftque. The ministry organization also operates a Thrift Store and Warehouse in Cedartown at 1116 N. Main Street.
“Community Share Ministries currently operates a men’s shelter, a women’s shelter and two foster homes in Polk County,” says Jason Slaughter, director. “We also give out about 20,000 pounds of food a month to those in need. So, 100 percent of all our proceeds from the Thrift stores goes into operating our homes and providing food.”
The Thrift Store and Warehouse have been in operation for nearly five years. Slaughter says they decided to put a store in Rome to help the organization’s long-term goal of putting shelters and foster homes in Rome.
“Our shelters stay full at all times. We can house 15 men and 12 women who are either recovering from drugs or homeless. We average about 10 to 12 kids at our foster homes,” he says. “It takes between $15,000 and $20,000 a month to run our ministry, so these Thrift Stores make that happen.”
The Thrift Store has a variety of items including clothes, housewares, toys, appliances and furniture. They also get a number of new items, closeout items or products from pallet sales from liquidating stores including cleaning supplies, health/beauty items.
“We really have just a mixture of stuff. We get donations all the time from companies that go to our warehouse and then we distribute to our stores,” says Slaughter.
In addition to the new Thrift Store, the ministry is launching a new giving program called the Compassion Givers Club. For anyone who makes a monthly contribution of either $30, $50 or $100, CSM will give that person vouchers for that same amount they can give to someone in need to either shop in the Thrift Store or pick up food.
“This really gives our donors a great way to bless others in need. Not only do they make a donation, but then they can give vouchers to those they see in need to use our services,” he says.
The CSM Thrift Store is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also take donations of items for their store. All donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off at the store during business hours. The Cedartown store is a 1116 N. Main St.
For more information or to donate, check out their Facebook page or call the Thrift Store at 706-622-1093.