Unity Shoppe to Reopen Next Week
Source: Unity Shoppe
Unity Shoppe, Inc. will reopen its doors to the Santa Barbara community on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 as planned, and greet thousands of local residents in need of food, clothing, toys and critical services at no cost and in time for the holiday season.
All fifteen full-time management and staff, temporarily laid off on September 16th 2019, will be working with a battalion of volunteers to carry out eight different support programs in its service locations: 1401 Chapala Street (Grocery Store and Clothing Center) and 1207-09 State Street (Thrift Store, Senior Resource Center, Job Prep Program and Disaster Recovery Services).
“Having to temporarily close our doors and dismiss our employees for the first time in over 103 years of operation, was devastating for everyone,” says Pat Hitchcock, Unity Shoppe Programs Director. “The experience taught us firsthand what an unanticipated economic downturn or personal crisis can mean for many of our clients and their families,” she added.
The financial support of long-standing donors large and small, many of whom insisted on anonymity when making their matching donations, and the community at large, resulted in Unity raising enough funds for the reopening.
“All of us at Unity feel tremendous gratitude for our friends and supporters who believe in our mission and the role we serve to so many in our Community,” says Tom Reed, Unity’s Executive Director. “Our plan is to build on this momentum throughout our fall-winter fundraising efforts and to cap it off with our 33rd annual KEYT- televised Telethon: A Time to Rejoice, Reflect and Renew hosted by longtime volunteer and friend, Kenny Loggins on December 14th.”
A faithful donor family has extended an additional Matching Challenge Grant through Telethon Day, December 14th, of $100,000. The community has been so gracious to help Unity during this critical time, and we are nearing our goal. The Matching Grant could help immensely.
October 1, 2019: Unity Shoppe Temporarily Closes Free Store Due to Financial Woes