Re-Designs celebrates 5 years

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  • The children's department at Re-Designs Thrift Shoppe.

  • Racks of clothing greet customers at Re-Designs Thrift Shoppe. 

  • Liz, lleft, who works at the store, poses with manager Kim Ruiz, center, and co-worker Sharon, right, at Re-Designs Thrift Shoppe. The store is run by the Center for Humanistic Change. 

By Laurie Gordon

Re-Designs is a thrift store run by The Center for Humanistic Change (CHC). Last week, the store celebrated its fifth anniversary, which made some of the people who work there very happy.

“I love working at the thrift Shop,” said Sharon. “It's a great place, and I like working in the children's clothes section.”

Her co-worker, Liz, said, “I love it here.

Re-Designs is in a partnership with the Center for Humanistic Change of New Jersey (CHCNJ), at the same location. CHC is a nonprofit, human service organization licensed by the State of New Jersey that provides community residential and community employment services for adults with developmental disabilities in the northern New Jersey area.

Re-Designs' manager for the past three years has been Liz Ruiz of Hopatcong. “I was the assistant manager before that and love what this store does,” she said. “Our workers are part of The Center for Humanistic Change and do everything from sales to working to sort the clothes that come in. We are always looking to let people know that we are here, and the week of celebration was one way to do that. We also have a lot of specials and encourage people to bring us their gently used clothing and housewares as a donation to sell here.”

Proceeds benefit CHCNJ, and clothing donors are given a tax receipt.

CHCNJ provides services to adults with developmental disabilities in Sussex, Warren, Morris, and Passaic counties. It serves over 100 individuals in the community through residential and community employment programs. CHCNJ offers employees a wide range of benefits along with the training needed to excel with confidence.

The organization's vision is: “The Center for Humanistic Change of New Jersey will continue to be the premier agency in Northern New Jersey providing individualized, innovative community services to adults with developmental disabilities.” Its mission is to: “Help to truly integrate individuals with developmental disabilities into society. To educate the public regarding every individual's right and need for community integration. To promote, establish, and operate community based homes for people with developmental disabilities. To provide community employment options for people with developmental disabilities, and to educate and support staff regarding their interactions with people with developmental disabilities

Upcoming sales include: Wednesday, May 24 “Sale Day Wednesday” where all items are 25% off, Saturday, May 27 “Holiday Sale Weekend” with all items 35% off and Wednesday, May 31 Glassware Sale with all glassware 75% off. The Shoppe also offers a "What's New" rack and a "Sale" rack.

Re-Designs Thrift Shoppe is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is located adjacent to Cones by Design, which is also run by CHCNJ at 12 US Highway 206 in Stanhope. For more information, call 973-691-0341.

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