Thrift store, Lowe’s, team up for good cause

by Andrew Alonzo | aalonzo@claremont-courier.com

In June, Anthesis’ thrift store at 4669 Holt Blvd., Montclair, became one of 100 nonprofits around the country to receive a $70,000 grant as part of Lowe’s 100 Hometowns. The ongoing initiative by Lowe’s funds the completion of “signature improvement projects in 100 hometowns across the country.”

Over the last few months, Anthesis CEO Shawn Prokopec said the organization has been using the money to renovate its property in an attempt to have the thrift store double as a training site for adults with disabilities by the end of 2023.

Local Lowe’s employee Tony Gonzalez helped to freshen up Anthesis thrift store’s front garden beds as part of Red Vest Day festivities on Tuesday. COURIER photo/Andrew Alonzo

“So those that don’t have employment experience can learn how to sort clothing, tag merchandise,” she said, adding they can also “practice their social skills and communication skills in a safe setting with a job coach.”

In the end, the adults Anthesis aids can add some experience to their resumes, which will hopefully then translate into a future career.

Anthesis is open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. For information call (909) 399-5601.

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