HIBISCUS CHILDREN’S CENTER TREASURE HOUSE HELPING CHILDREN & FAMILIES10-27-2020
we have faced many unprecedented challenges as a community and as a non-profit caring for abused children and assisting families in the community. As a result of the current pandemic situation, many families have experienced additional stress related to finances, employment, child care and school. The possibility of increased abuse and/or neglect is very real for children during this time.
For 35 years, Hibiscus Children’s Center has been at the forefront of serving children and families across the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee through residential, prevention and intervention programs. The Treasure House, Hibiscus’ thrift store, has been an integral part of these services since opening in 1997 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting programs and services for the Treasure Coast’s children and families.
Our generous community and our volunteers make this possible! Neil Poirier, Treasure House Manager, shared, “The thrift store plays an important role in supporting the critical services provided by Hibiscus Children’s Center to children and families. We receive thousands of generously donated items each year from local donors. Our volunteers help us sort, tag, test electronics, and display them for sale. We have wonderful customers, many of which have become our weekly “friends”. We could never operate successfully without all these supporters! They help us ensure the thrift store continues to be a valuable resource for children and families and a very affordable place for local families to shop.” New volunteers are always welcomed with applications available at the thrift store. A few of our wonderful volunteers shared why they help at the thrift store: Claudette Bublak shared, “I really enjoy volunteering at the Thrift Store. Not only do I know it benefits the children, but it provides me with a place that I feel safe to come to, gets me out of the house, and simply makes me feel good.” Sandy Wallace said, “It’s all about the children. I’ve met them and I’m so happy I can help make a difference!”
For more information, please visit: HibiscusChildrensCenter.org or contact the Thrift Store at (772) 692-5730. The Thrift Store is located at 839 N. Federal Highway in Stuart in the North Shores Plaza and hours of operation are 9:30a – 5p, Tuesday through Saturday.