Threads of Hope, owned and operated by the Ashe Partnership for Children, faces an uncertain future.
The Jefferson thrift shop opened in 2009 with the stated mission to benefit survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence through A Safe Home for Everyone (A.S.H.E.).
Ashe Partnership for Children director Kay Philipp said that while the amount of help Threads of Hope has provided to A.S.H.E. is difficult to quantify, it has certainly been significant. Philipp said that in addition to some financial contributions, “household goods and materials to help victims of domestic violence set up their homes in a safe environment” were provided from the store.
Threads of Hope will be closing on Dec. 10. When, or if, they will reopen is undecided.
The board of directors of the Ashe Partnership for Children has determined that the store is no longer financially sustainable.
It was a decision made after much deliberation done by the board, according to Philipp.
A focus group will convene in January to determine if the store should reopen. January, February and March have traditionally been the slowest business months for Threads of Hope, so it will remain closed during that time in order to cut loses.
The results of the focus group, and a study done by the business department of Wilkes Community College, will be reviewed by the board of directors to figure out if a viable business plan can be developed to reopen the store.
“We love the community support and we love the high quality of used goods that we’ve had, and we’re hoping that we’ll be able to (provide) that again,” Philipp said, ‘We’ve had good sales, but the overhead was just too much.”
Store manager, Helemarie Reavis, who Philipp said has been a true asset, said she is hopeful they will be able to reopen soon.
“I’m very heartbroken over this, said Reavis, “ I want to say thank you to all our customers for all their support.“
A.S.H.E. will continue to accept donations, which can be brought to their office location.
“During the cold months warm clothing such as gloves, hats, scarves, socks, thermals, and winter boots are needed items,” A.S.H.E. program director Robin Faulkner said.
Faulkner said that other items in high demand include household cleaners, light bulbs and laundry detergent. Monetary donations can also be made in the form of cash or check.
“Our staff appreciates the continued support of the community as we assist survivors and their children,” Faulkner said.
An A.S.H.E. fundraising event that was to be held at Threads of Hope has been moved to the lobby of Family Central, 626 Ashe Central School Road in Jefferson. A photographer will be on hand from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Dec. 14, to take pictures with Santa for a $5 donation.
For more information on A.S.H.E. or the upcoming event, call (336) 246-4673.