LACASA launches ‘Spring Cleaning Donation Drive’

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The weather is warming up and it’s time for a “Spring Cleaning Donation Drive” to help stock the shop at the LACASA Collection, a new upscale resale store that LACASA Center is opening soon in Howell.

“We are asking people to think about us as they do their annual spring cleaning this season,” said Meg Graff, a member of LACASA’s board of directors and co-chair of the LACASA Collection Committee. “Many of us have nice things that we just won’t use again. Donating them to a good cause is a way to help local victims of abuse and interpersonal violence.”

The LACASA Collection will sell home décor, furnishings, jewelry, accessories, books, toys, games, and clothing for the whole family. It will be open to the public seven days a week in the Crossroads Town Center on Highland Road at Michigan Avenue.

“All store proceeds will directly fund critical services at the agency,” Graff said. “This business venture is being established to help LACASA develop a steady source of revenue and sustainable funding.

“It is the belief of our board that safety has no price,” said Graff.  “A victim should never be denied the help and protection they need because they cannot afford it. LACASA provides all victim service at no charge. It is a heavy lift and one that requires significant funding.”

In addition to providing additional revenue for the nonprofit, the store also will be a place where LACASA clients can shop with dignity.

“When clients come to us, often it is only with the clothes on their backs,” said Bobette Schrandt, president and CEO of LACASA Center. “In the past, what we’ve had to offer them has been a limited selection of donated items in whatever sizes and styles were available at any given time.

“The store will provide our clients with choices,” Schrandt said. “We’ve created a confidential voucher system, so clients can shop as needed and select items in the correct sizes, colors and styles.  This is one more way we can help empower abuse victims and survivors as they rebuild their lives.”

Interior renovations for the retail space are in progress, said Schrandt. “We anticipate opening in early- to mid-summer. Our donation drive campaign, ‘This is your Stuff Speaking,’ launched recently and will continue through June.”

The LACASA Collection will be run by a core management team and will utilize volunteers to work both on the floor and behind the scenes.

“We are seeking volunteers to work at the store in a variety of capacities,” said Lucy Diebolt, store volunteer coordinator and a member of the agency’s board of directors.

“There are many opportunities for women and men to volunteer. Some people enjoy working behind the scenes and others prefer interacting with customers,” Diebolt said. “We will have flexible assignments and scheduling for members of our volunteer team.”

People who want to learn more about volunteering for the store may contact Lucy Diebolt by calling LACASA at 517-548-1350or emailing her at volunteer@lacasacenter.org.

Spring Cleaning Donation Drive items for the store can be dropped off at LACASA’s administrative offices, 2895 W. Grand River Ave., Howell, on weekdays between 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  To learn more about store’s needs and the donation guidelines, visit lacasacenter.org.

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