ABOUT US

The ACTS Thrift Store (All Out Caring, Inc.) is a Christian, faith based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Corporation making a difference in the lives of children and veterans in your local community.

MISSION, VISION AND VALUES

MISSION

The ACTS Thrift Store experience is dedicated to spreading deep positive local impact everyday and giving back 100% of net proceeds locally.

VISION

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.

VALUES

Passion to Help and Serve

Commitment to efficient operations

Positive impact for our our staff, shopper and donors

HISTORY

  • 2004

    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.

  • 2008

    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.

  • July 2010

    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.

  • Today

    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!

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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.


Stars

  • Nancy Stiles
    Nancy Stiles Executive Director

    A Pasadena native, Nancy became Executive Director of Stars in 2013, and has been associated with Stars since 2005 as a volunteer. In 2009 she became a Mentor Coach and in 2011 became Manager of the Mentor program. Nancy also recently completed a 5- month Nonprofit Leadership Development Program through Center for Nonprofit Management. She resides in Altadena with her family– husband, Adam, and their three children, Lauren, Luke, and Claire.

Contact Information

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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.

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PARTNERS

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.

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WHY PARTNER WITH ACTS?

PARTNERING BENEFITS

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.

CURRENT PARTNERS

Door of Hope
Door of Hope
Door of Hope is a non-profit, faith based organization whose mission is to equip homeless families to rebuild their lives.
Elizabeth House
Elizabeth House
Located in the heart of Pasadena, the Elizabeth House provides shelter, hope and support to homeless pregnant women and their children.
Families in Transition
Families in Transition
Families in Transition (FIT) serves as the District homeless/transitional program.
Family Promise
Family Promise
Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley is an inter-faith, nonprofit organization that provides temporary housing and other assistance to homeless families in the region.
Foothill Unity Center
Foothill Unity Center
Foothill Unity Center provides food, shelter, transportation, referrals, and a variety of health services to individuals and families in our community living at or below 150% of the national poverty line.
Friends In Deed
Friends In Deed
Friends In Deed, an interfaith collaborative, is dedicated to meeting the many needs of the most vulnerable residents of greater Pasadena—homeless and at-risk individuals including women and children.
Fuller Theological Seminary
Fuller Theological Seminary
Fuller Theological Seminary is an evangelical, multidenominational, international, and multiethnic community dedicated to the equipping of men and women for the manifold ministries of Christ and his Church.
Harambee Ministries
Harambee Ministries
We seek to nurture and equip leadership that will minister to the community by sharing Biblical truths, in order to achieve the re-building of urban neighborhoods through relocation, reconciliation and redistribution.
Hillsides
Hillsides
Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and their families.
Journey House
Journey House
Journey House assists emancipated foster youth over eighteen years of age with a variety of essential services
Life Cure Foundation
Life Cure Foundation
Life Cure Foundation is a movement of life coaches who are dedicated to the belief system of servicing others and embracing the true meaning of community.
Madison Healthy Start
Madison Healthy Start
Healthy Start Programs provide students and families with case management services and a multitude of other resources.
Providence Mission Homes
Providence Mission Homes
Providing temporary furlough housing to hundreds of missionary families since 1972.
Shepherd's Door
Shepherd's Door
To break the cycle of domestic violence through relationship education, financial empowerment and youth violence prevention education.
Union Station Homeless Services
Union Station Homeless Services
Union Station is the San Gabriel Valley's largest and most comprehensive social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income people.
Walter Hoving Home
Walter Hoving Home
The Walter Hoving Home is a 24-hour residential spiritually-based rehabilitation center.
Women at Work
Women at Work
Women At Work is a nonprofit career and job resource center with a mission to help a broad range of clients reach their full employment and earnings potential in a supportive environment.
Young & Healthy
Young & Healthy
Young & Healthy's mission is to provide access to high-quality health care and improve the quality of life for uninsured and underinsured children in the greater Pasadena area.
Duarte Unified School District
Duarte Unified School District
Provide the knowledge, skills and inspiration for each student for success in college, career and life.
Flintridge Center
Flintridge Center
Flintridge Center works to break the cycle of poverty and community violence by supporting community members impacted by incarceration and gangs.
Communities 4 Children
Communities 4 Children
Empowering youth and families since 1988.
Aspire West, Pasadena
Aspire West, Pasadena
We Inspire so Others May Aspire
House of Ruth
House of Ruth
House of Ruth is dedicated to the safety and well-being of those victimized by domestic violence.Our vision is to end domestic violence and promote healthy relationships.
Pacific-Lifeline
Pacific-Lifeline
Pacific Lifeline is a faith-based ministry and shelter serving homeless women and their children from San Bernardino, Riverside, and east Los Angeles counties, empowering them to achieve personal and social stability.
Inland Valley Hope Partners
Inland Valley Hope Partners
Feeding the Hungry and Sheltering the Homeless since 1968

LEADERSHIP

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Tony Reyes
    Tony Reyes Officer and Director

    Tony has been involved in thrift store management/ownership for over 20 years. Tony along with his wife Joyce at one time owned six thrift store locations throughout Southern California. Approached by the ACTS Thrift Store committee in late 2009 he jumped at the opportunity to get involved in such an impactful organization. Tony’s expertise in store layout, processing/production and pricing helped the ACTS Thrift Store hit the ground running when it opened its doors in July of 2010.

  • Gary Mittelberg
    Gary Mittelberg Officer and Director

    Mr. Mittelberg is a Program Director for Behavioral Health Services at Glendale Memorial Hospital. He also is an adjunct instructor at Glendale Community College and California State University – Northridge.

  • Patrick D Miller
    Patrick D Miller Officer and Director

    Mr. Miller has been in the financial services business with New York Life nearly 35 years ranked in the top 2% of all US producers. Mr. Miller is also a member of the industries Prestigious Million Dollar Roundtable, Court of the Table. Pat has served his local church and community in many capacities. Pat is the immediate past Chairman of the Duarte Chamber of Commerce and directs the Prison Ministry at Lake Ave Church working primarily at Eastlake Juvenile Hall.

MANAGEMENT

  • Tony Reyes
    Tony Reyes Store Manager

    Tony has been involved in thrift store management/ownership for over 20 years. Tony along with his wife Joyce at one time owned six thrift store locations throughout Southern California. Approached by the ACTS Thrift Store committee in late 2009 he jumped at the opportunity to get involved in such an impactful organization. Tony’s expertise in store layout, processing/production and pricing helped the ACTS Thrift Store hit the ground running when it opened its doors in July of 2010.

FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the ACTS Thrift Store?

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.

What is the goal of ACTS Thrift Store? Who does it benefit?

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.

How can you help?

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.

How is it organized?

All Out Care, Inc. is a faith-based, non-profit 501c(3) corporation formed to open and operate a thrift store.

Who is operating the 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.

What role does Lake Avenue Community Foundation have in the operation of the Thrift Store?

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

Is ACTS Thrift Store part of the Lake Avenue Church?

We are thankful for the help and support by the Lake Avenue Church community.

Who is donating goods to ACTS Thrift?

ACTS Thrift Store receives donations from residents in Pasadena and neighboring Foothill Communities. ACTS also solicits donations from multiple civic and religious groups.

Will you receive donations of any type of goods?

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
  • E-Waste
What are the store hours?

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.

Why is the store closed on Sunday?

The Board of Directors believes that volunteers and staff need one day of rest and refreshment per week.

Who is the Store Manager and what is his experience?

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.

How is the store staffed?

The thrift store is staffed by approximately 40 percent community volunteers and 60 percent paid employees.

Where do the volunteers come from?

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.

Who is hired to work at ACTS Thrift Store?

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.

What types of merchandise do you carry?

ACTS Thrift Store carries clothes, shoes, accessories, belts, household items, small appliances and furniture.

How did ACTS Thrift Store get started?

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.

Who funded the start-up of the store?

Nine individuals who support the service vision of ACTS Thrift Store each provided funds to assist with the startup.

Can we have someone from ACTS Thrift Store speak to our organization or class?

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.

Who are the Board of Directors?

Click Here to see our Board of Directors

Who are the support people of ACTS Thrift Store

Supporters of ACTS Thrift Store include:

CPA:

Elizabeth Watts, MSA

2781 Highview Ave

Altadena, CA 91001

Phone/Fax: (626) 398-0019

 

Attorney:

Robert Wm. Sloat

Pasadena Financial Center, Suite 960

35 N Lake Ave

Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: (626) 296-3600

Fax: (626) 296-3636

 

How can I get additional information about the ACTS Thrift Store?

Keep up to date on ACTS events through our website. ACTS Thrift Store also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

What is the most helpful step I can take to support the work of ACTS

Tell your friends and promote ACTS Thrift Store. Shop! Donate! and Volunteer!

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