A thrift store in the heart of Spryfield is turning a crisis into an opportunity for expansion and growth with an investment from the province. Hand in Hand is a unique community-based thrift store that has been helping people help themselves for more than 30 years. The province is investing $37,500 from the Community Jobs and Facilities Improvement Program to help the organization rebuild its storage facility and expand its services. “It is truly exciting that the province can help an organization that is dedicated to building stronger communities by helping families in times of need,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Hand in Hand has worked with more than 400 families in the community and, with a little help from the province, this organization will be able to continue making life better when times are tough. I wish Hand in Hand great success as it expands to do even more for families for years to come.” Hand in Hand, a project of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, provides furniture, clothing and other home goods at little or no cost to people in need. In April, the operation was devastated when someone stole the copper pipes linking the storage facility to the oil tank. The vandalism caused so much damage the storage facility needed to be demolished for soil remediation. “This support marks a tremendous milestone for us in our growth of services,” said Heather Coffin, executive director of Hand in Hand. “Without a storage facility, we’ve been turning away donations of things that people need, like couches, chairs and kitchens sets, so it will be great to start taking them in again. “This is very good news for us as we continue to raise funds for this project.” The organization will build a new storage garage and hopes to expand to include a furniture bank and refurbishing project. The group also offers healthy cooking demonstrations and a financial literacy program, with the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development. To learn more about Hand in Hand’s fundraising, go to www.handinhandHalifax.org.
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