The historic Massey-Harris building in Swift Current will be permanently welcoming a southwest charity this year.
New Beginnings thrift store in Herbert recently purchased the building and hope to be settled in by August.
According to manager Anissa Forest, since opening in the small town in 2021, they have been able to give more than $35,000 to other non-profits.
“Our whole purpose for being is just to help support local,” she said. "We donate money back to Saskatchewan nonprofits and Saskatchewan community initiatives.”
Their new location at 508 Cheadle Street will allow for some exciting expansions and partnerships with other local charities, and even home-based businesses.
Forest added that as a non-profit they’re looking forward to addressing Swift Current community needs, such as the potential to help those experiencing homelessness.
“I've always just had a heart for that issue, and it seems to be on the rise a little bit even in Swift Current,” she said. "We're just really looking forward to networking, partnering with other nonprofits, and working together to hopefully address that issue and be of some kind of help.”
While no plans are finalized yet, the thrift store is excited to get into its new building next month and start working on renovations. Once the doors are ready to open, volunteers will be a top priority for things such as staging gently used items, testing electronics for condition, and unboxing donations.
For now, it’s business as usual at 606 and 611 Herbert Avenue.