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The Heart of Oregon business has cut prices, stopped taking donations in preparation for work.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Heart of Oregon Thrift Store manager Linda Graham is surrounded by Tyler and Sara, employees of the Thrift Store, who have been busy, along with the other employees, prepping for a remodel at the store. A main part of the remodel will be new flooring. 
Heart of Oregon Corps Thrift Store is preparing for a month-long remodel that will begin on June 30.

The store will be clearing all contents from the store in preparation for its month-long closure. The store will be closed for the remodel from June 30 to July 31, re-opening to the public on Aug. 1.

A clearance sale will take place the month leading up to remodel. Beginning June 4, all items at the store are priced at $1 or less, with the exception of some furniture items.

Furniture items are marked down drastically. The Heart of Oregon Thrift Store is currently not be accepting donations. The store asks that the public hold onto donations until the store re-opens on Aug. 1.

During the month-long remodel, the store will be receiving much-needed new floors, as well as some minor repairs to the interior. Heart of Oregon employees and student-volunteers will continue to work through the remodel.

The store will also be accepting monetary donations from the public during the closure to help cover the cost of goal-engagement bonuses for thrift store student-volunteers.

The Heart of Oregon Corps Thrift Store will show its appreciation for customer and donor support by hosting a Customer Appreciation Event on Aug. 3, after the store re-opens. The store will provide light refreshments and will be thanking the public for its continued support. More details on the event will be released in July.

The Heart of Oregon Corps Thrift Store is deeply integrated in the Jefferson County community. In addition to providing job-skills training to youths experiencing disabilities, the store also serves Jefferson County's homeless and low-income population with the Wooden Nickel program.

As part of the ongoing service project, the store partners with Jefferson County agencies who work with low-income and homeless individuals and families. In the 2017-18 school year, the store program helped 777 low-income and homeless families with $13,466 in donated merchandise through the program.

"Our customers and donors are essential to the store's vitality, and we want to make sure everyone knows we're not closing permanently," said Linda Graham, Heart of Oregon Thrift Store manager. "We look forward to re-opening in August and continuing to be part of the Madras community for years to come," she continued.

Heart of Oregon Corps Thrift Store

Heart of Oregon Corps is a regional nonprofit that inspires and empowers positive change in the lives of young people through jobs, education, and stewardship.

Heart of Oregon Thrift Store is a program of the regional nonprofit that follows its mission by engaging students experiencing disabilities in a retail-based job-skills training program.

Those youths are enrolled students within the Jefferson County School District 509-J and the state Youth Transition Program through Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Service.

The program serves youths by preparing them for employment in their communities at large, helping them build confidence, leadership, and connection to their community. For more information on the Heart of Oregon Corps Thrift Store, visit heartoforegon.org/programs/thrift-store.html.

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