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With back-to-school season approaching, many students and parents are faced with the challenge of buying new clothes, books, and supplies within a tight budget. Shopping second-hand at thrift stores, like a MTM Thrift Store, is a great alternative for bargain-hunters to find one-of-a-kind items that won’t break the bank.

Not only is shopping at a MTM Thrift Store an affordable option for back-to-school shopping, but it also assists financially to sustain our programs and help end homelessness in our community. This means that by shopping at these stores, you’re not only saving money but also making a positive impact on our neighbors, like Hakeem.

Hakeem experienced homelessness off and on throughout his childhood.

After being fired from multiple jobs due to various reasons – many of which stemmed from his childhood trauma and experiencing homelessness – Hakeem says he asked God, “Why am I going through this?” It was in that questioning moment that he decided to apply for a position at Mel Trotter Thrift. Ron, the supervisor at the MTM Thrift Distribution Center, called him for an interview and Hakeem sat down and shared his story.

Hakeem has now been working for MTM Thrift for a year. Today, he credits Mel Trotter Ministries with helping him turn his life around and get back on his feet.

When you shop and purchase from MTM Thrift, you support neighbors like Hakeem and help them on a better path forward.

When it comes to back-to-school shopping, things can get expensive fast. By shopping at one of the MTM Thrift Store locations, you can save money, financially support our programs, and help work to end homelessness in our community – one life at a time.

In addition, if you’ve recently cleaned out your closet or home, please consider donating your gently used items to MTM Thrift. You can drop off donations at any store location, and for larger items, free pickups are available.

For MTM Thrift Store hours and locations near you, click here.

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