Anawim Thrift Store
An iconic graphic arts landmark in northeast Houston was just given new life by dozens of Magnificat residents and volunteers, drawing rave reviews from the large crowd attending its grand reopening, called a "Friendraiser"-and raise friends it did, to the tune of a volunteer band. The store has had dozens of local visitors per day ever since. Anawim Thrift Store, freshly painted and newly stocked, was revitalized to serve its economically stressed neighborhood, providing a needed source of affordable clothing and household goods to area families. Prices are purposely set at rock bottom and volunteers authorized to offer needed items for free if they sense hardship. This is where a job applicant can find a suit for $5 and new, or like new, t-shirts for twenty-five cents. Fr. Frank Wittouck, SCJ, inspired the two-month effort, recruiting his "Anawim Angels" to mobilize volunteers to clean up, restore, and completely re-stock the 3,000 square foot structure, with David Young spearheading roof repairs and installation of shelves and light fixtures. Suzanne Young, the effervescent thrift store manager (and full time Angel) proudly offers a tour of the facility, its sizable clothing depot, with separate furniture display room, household goods and knick-knacks display areas, and even a small open office nook, a luxury to help those needing the Internet. In the storage/pricing area one meets the other practicing Angels: Giselda Chomer, Donna Jeansonne and Wendy Clark, who gathered church friends to form a band to play the opening. The building's eclectic graphic exterior was created by The Common House, a neighboring creative cooperative for visual artists which seeks to enhance communities. For more information about pickups and deliveries, or to volunteer, please contact email@example.com, or stop by at 2102 Common St.