New sports thrift store helps recovering addicts and low income familes

Revive Sports Thrift Store (KHGI)

There's a new sports thrift shop that's opened in Hastings and they're doing more than just selling discounted, used equipment.

On the surface, Revive Sports Thrift Store is giving low income families the opportunity to purchase used sports equipment at deeply discounted prices, but shoppers may not know the store's mission is much deeper.

"Many began using drugs and alcohol because of past trauma," said director Dan Rutt.

They came here to the Horizon Recovery and Counseling Center, a drug and alcohol treatment facility that's expanding.

"This is a dream that started when we started Revive Ministries," said Rutt.

Rutt said he wanted to bring inexpensive sporting goods to families while helping those in treatment.

"One of the goals for that for people in our housing program was if they wanted to go camping or fishing or go do somethings sports oriented and they didn't have the funds to purchase things, we would lend them to them over the weekend or for a day and then they could bring them back and possibly we could sell them," said Rutt.

He said many of those living in the sober housing do not have jobs.

"So, they're required fill out five applications per day and also do four hours of community service per day," said Rutt.

The sports thrift shop gives them that opportunity.

"They come in here to the thrift store and they help out in the afternoons sorting and cleaning and doing those types of things," said Rutt. "So, it's a win–win situation for our organization cause we're actually helping people give back to the community and also teaching skills on how to do retail."

The sports shop also employs others , using the government program National Able Network.

"That's a program for folks over 55 that may be low income and are struggling a little bit financially so they can work at nonprofits," said Rutt. "They're only allowed to work so many hours per day, it's not full time and it's for minimum wage."

"There's so many jobs out there that don't have much meaning to them except the check, and this the check is just a bonus," said thrift store manager, Pat Gibson. "The rest of it is feel good because you know you're helping people and you know you're doing something that needs to be done and I love that."

The store's profits support the ministry's sponsorship program for those in addiction treatment.

"If we have a client that's really struggling but they're really doing well in either our housing program or our treatment program we as a staff will sit down and talk about how much we should help them with wit their rent or with their treatment costs and we've seen grown men cry because they really want to do well and they want to be successful but sometimes the system catches up with them and it's not their fault," said Rutt.

For more information or help for an addiction, call revive at 402–462–2066.

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