MISSION, VISION AND VALUES
The ACTS Thrift Store experience is dedicated to spreading deep positive local impact everyday and giving back 100% of net proceeds locally.
The ACTS Thrift Store is elevating the thrift store concept into a deeply positive, faith-based experience dedicated to returning exponential local impact to help the community.
Passion to Help and Serve
Commitment to efficient operations
Positive impact for our our staff, shopper and donors
Lake Avenue Community Foundation Board member, Bruce Buinsma suggests to open an independent thrift store that uses its profits to support at-risk children and their families.
This idea percolated for a couple of years and surfaced again in 2008 with a similar suggestion from Peter and Carol Schaller. A study committee reports back that a thrift store with profits going back to the community would be viable. All Out Caring, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, forms. All Out Caring later changes its name to ACTS Thrift Store. ACTS assembles its Board of Directors. Tony Reyes is hired as Store Manager and Peter Schaller appointed controller. Michael Odell, Volunteer and Marketing coordinator came on board shortly thereafter.
The store at 1382 Locust Street opens. Door of Hope, a local non-profit assisting at-risk families in transition, approaches ACTS. They needed help storing and processing donated goods efficiently. ACTS begins its Partners program. Now, over a dozen local non-profits direct their donors to bring tax-deductible items to ACTS. ACTS provides a credit to the local non-profit, which enables the non-profit to purchase goods from ACTS as it needs them.
ACTS actively supports the work of the Stars program as well as Front Sight Military Ministry. The local focus of ACTS, making a difference in the lives of children and veterans in our communities continues to expand. Be a part of it. Donate, volunteer, shop. Be a part of making a difference!
ACTS THRIFT STORE FINANCIALLY SUPPORTS STARS AND FRONT SIGHT MILITARY OUTREACH
Our programs are focused on making unique and positive contributions in our community while enhancing the lives of the students in our neighborhood through positive adult relationships and asset building. By establishing mentoring relationships with positive role models and linking students with academic tutors, we are able to bring about marked changes in the student’s identity, and in turn, affect their value system bringing about a positive change in their behavior and lifestyle.
By nurturing, empowering and training indigenous leadership, we are creating a sustainable community and developing the future voice of our community.
We have chosen to go deep with fewer students in order to see lasting and life-long change in their lives.
Nancy Stiles talks about Stars.
Eliza Pierre talks about her experience with the Stars mentoring program.
Diana Bravo talks about her experience with the Stars mentoring program.
Front Sight Military Ministry
Front Sight Military Ministry was born out of a church ministry providing biblical guidance and healing to veterans. The entire operation is lead by veterans and volunteers offering Chapel services for veterans only. Services are led by a veterans from any branch of service.
Front Sight offers a gym designed to help veterans turn their injuries into assets.
Front Sight is designed to improve the quality of life for our veterans by helping to train and provide service dogs for warriors in need.
Front Sight also provides much needed guidance as an acting Liaison in gather medical records, getting veterans DD214, medical claim filing, combat claim filing, job resources and resume building assistance and assisting homeless veterans.
ACTS truly partners with key local non-profit organizations. Each Partner plays a special role in supporting and encouraging those in our community who need a helping hand. ACTS focus is to be a transformative engine providing services that assist each partner in ways that free them to make a difference.
WHY PARTNER WITH ACTS?
How does this transformative engine operate?
In two ways:
1. We provide direct funding to Stars for Tomorrow (The key descriptor of The Lake Avenue Community Foundation).
2. We provide transformative services for our Key Partners. Transformative in the sense that those active supporters of each Key Partner donate to ACTS. The Key Partner receives a credit for those donations. When the Key Partner has specific needs, those credits are used to acquire exactly what is needed. For example, when a Door of Hope family is ready to transition to their own housing, the specific household goods needed are acquired from ACTS using the credits.
ACTS, Stars for Tomorrow, and all Key Partners are pleased to discover the power and blessing that result from truly working together. This is a great example of The Church in action.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS
The ACTS Thrift Store is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization making a difference in the lives of those in need in Pasadena and the Foothill Communities. ACTS supports programs for at-risk youth and their families, administered by Lake Avenue Community Foundation and other notable charities such as Door of Hope, Foothill Unity Center and Elizabeth House among others.
ACTS Thrift Store collects and provides a range of merchandise to generate funds that will support programs focused on at-risk youth, disadvantaged families and the homeless in Pasadena and the Foothill Communities. Another focus of ACTS is to engage and partner with other local non-profits and charities, helping each other with its mission of making a difference in the lives of those living in our communities. ACTS had done this by creating a donations program whereby our partners bring us donations on behalf of their supporters and ACTS provides them credits that their constituents can use when needed.
Donate, Shop and Volunteer.
Donations are the life and blood of our business and we need them on a continuous basis to provide quality goods to our shoppers. Shoppers are important, too! We thank all of the shoppers that support ACTS. Our net earnings help make a difference and create positive change in the kids in our community. Volunteers are badly needed. Volunteers help ACTS continue to grow and prosper. The more volunteers we have, the more net earning we will have as we can lower our overhead and impact more lives.
All Out Care, Inc. is a faith-based, non-profit 501c(3) corporation formed to open and operate a thrift store.
ACTS Thrift Store has an implementation team headed by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors assumes the legal, fiduciary and financial responsibility for policy, business strategies and overall direction. The ACTS Thrift Store is a separate corporation from Lake Avenue Community Foundation, with its own 501c(3) non-profit status as well as by-laws describing the rules and regulations that will govern the organization and operations according to California state law.
The board of Lake Avenue Community Foundation originally inspired the idea of the store, but As a separate entity, it has no legal or decision making role in the operation of the thrift store. ACTS is committed to supporting financially the growing and exciting work of Lake Avenue Community Foundation. See information about Lake Avenue Community Foundation at their website: www.lakeavefoundation.org
We are thankful for the help and support by the Lake Avenue Church community.
ACTS Thrift Store receives donations from residents in Pasadena and neighboring Foothill Communities. ACTS also solicits donations from multiple civic and religious groups.
No. Here is a list of items ACTS does not accept. All other items are gratefully accepted. Items we cannot resell to the public are sold elsewhere to generate income to fulfill our mission.
Will Not Accept:
- Hazardous products/waste-paint, oil, etc
- Recyclables-paper,glass, plastic
- Guns, knives, bows and arrows, ammunition etc.
- Gas powered tools and Garden equipment
- Garage door openers
- Construction materials
- Large appliances (please call)
- Plumbing fixtures & water heaters
- Automotive Parts & equipment
- Water Filtration systems
- Hospital Beds & waterbeds
- Bed pans and porta potties
- Infant cribs, playpens, car seats, walkers, strollers, high chairs and wheeled toys
- Mattresses, box springs and bed pillows
- Sofa Beds, Sofas, Couches, Loveseats and futons
- Carpeting & Carpet padding
- Food, drinks and other consumables
- Unusable furniture
ACTS Thrift Store hours of retail operation will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Board of Directors believes that volunteers and staff need one day of rest and refreshment per week.
Tony Reyes is the ACTS Thrift Store manager. Tony has been involved in thrift store management/ownership for over 20 years. Tony along with his wife Joyce previously owned and operated six (6) thrift stores in Southern California. He can be reached at TonyReyes@ACTSThrift.org.
The thrift store is staffed by approximately 40 percent community volunteers and 60 percent paid employees.
Volunteers must register at the ACTS Thrift Store. The volunteer coordinator team will interview potential volunteers, who will be matched with their interests and time availability to tasks needed in ACTS Thrift Store mission.
Prospective employees will submit personal and work history on the ACTS Thrift website under “Employment.” All employees will be hired based on work history and availability. The store manager will have the final say in hiring.
ACTS Thrift Store carries clothes, shoes, accessories, belts, household items, small appliances and furniture.
ACTS Thrift Store was envisioned and initially researched in 2003 and 2004. In July 2008 Lake Avenue Community Foundation formed a committee to develop a separate non-profit (application pending) thrift store business plan. This committee, chaired by Peter Schaller, included a team of seven people representing a wide range of expertise, beginning in August of that year, to produce a document identifying the purpose, benefits, financials, marketing and operations of an independent thrift store in Pasadena. The committee submitted the business plan to the Lake Avenue Community Foundation Board, which approved the proposal.
Nine individuals who support the service vision of ACTS Thrift Store each provided funds to assist with the startup.
ACTS Thrift has a Speakers Bureau and will gladly provide someone to speak on the history of the operation and on subjects that reflect the passion and mission of ACTS Thrift Store.
Click Here to see our Board of Directors
Supporters of ACTS Thrift Store include:
Elizabeth Watts, MSA
2781 Highview Ave
Altadena, CA 91001
Phone/Fax: (626) 398-0019
Robert Wm. Sloat
Pasadena Financial Center, Suite 960
35 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: (626) 296-3600
Fax: (626) 296-3636
Keep up to date on ACTS events through our website. ACTS Thrift Store also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.
Tell your friends and promote ACTS Thrift Store. Shop! Donate! and Volunteer!