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Duneland Resale celebrating 'Eight Years on Broadway'

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Duneland Resale will be celebrating "Eight Years at 801 Broadway" during regular business hours on Friday, September 22, with special sales and surprises. Gift certificates for adults and small gifts for children will be awarded during this fun celebration.

In the Beginning

Duneland Resale began March 24, 2001, on Calumet Avenue, as a mission project. On April 4, 2002, it was incorporated as a community based, not-for-profit organization, and recognized by the IRS as a charity.

The organization soon outgrew the Calumet Ave. location and moved across the street to the corner of Calumet and Wabash Ave. The next move was to 534 Broadway where they stayed for five years.

Then in September, 2009, after extensive remodeling by hundreds of volunteers Duneland Resale celebrated their grand opening at the present location, 801 Broadway.

Duneland Resale is a God-centered, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping others. Quality merchandise, which is donated, is recycled and sold. Proceeds are used to assist service agencies, support missions, and meet community needs. Presently 70 volunteers representing more than 20 area churches, give their time to make this mission a success. Putting "Faith Into Action" is Duneland Resale's motto, and that is done on a daily basis through the numerous missions these volunteers support.

However, Duneland Resale could not be as successful as it is without the help of the very generous people of the Duneland area who really contribute to the success with their donations and also as shoppers.

Community Efforts

Not only has Duneland Resale given money and in-kind donations throughout the years--many of the volunteers also join together in other community endeavors. Resale volunteers have had teams for Rebuilding Together -Duneland, and sponsored the Alzheimer's Walk in Michigan City.

During the past years close to 1,000 copies of the book A Miracle In Progress, have been sold. This book is a celebration of the incredible journey of Duneland Resale as many volunteers and shoppers share their stories.

A wonderful highlight during the past year was honoring Joan and Loren Knibbs for their continuing efforts to help others. Joan was director of the Westchester Food Pantry for many years. Together, they also started the Duneland Medical Closet, which lends medical equipment to people in need. Duneland Resale volunteers hosted a celebration for them and presented them with a plaque, naming the community room the Joan and Loren Knibbs Community Room.

Sharing

More than seven years ago, Duneland Resale expanded their mission by sharing their building with both the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry and the Duneland Medical Equipment Loan Closet. Duneland Resale provides this space free of charge.

Duneland Resale accepts donations during regular shopping hours Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

New volunteer orientation is always on the last Saturday of each month and anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to attend.

 

 

Posted 9/20/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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