Jan 16, 2019

Revive Ministries will celebrate its 10-year anniversary March 1 by realizing a goal that had been relegated to the sidelines since day one: The addition of a sports thrift store to supplement the ministry.

The 2,500-square-foot store front will be one of more than 50 unique stations operating inside the antique mall owned by Don Mehring at 920 S. Burlington Avenue. It will carry a myriad of sporting goods equipment ranging from fishing poles and canoes to baseball equipment and athletic attire. It gives the ministry one more outlet with which to assist its clients in their journey to clean and sober lives.

The store will begin accepting donations in mid-February and hopes to be up and running to coincide with its business before hours gathering March 1 from 7:30-10 a.m. and Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce salute at 10 a.m. at its home office at 835 S. Burlington Ave., Suite 115, and ribbon cutting for Revive Sports Thrift Store at 10:30 a.m. at 920 S. Burlington Ave., said Dan Rutt, Revive director. Revive operates Horizon Recovery and Counseling Center and The Unity Houses.

“It’s been on our agenda since we wrote our nonprofit to have a thrift store,” Rutt said. “There are two reasons we will zero in strictly on sporting goods: One, because we didn’t want to be in competition with the other thrift stores in town, and two, we want to have equipment to give to our clients if they want to go fishing or camping when they get a pass so they can learn how to relax and do fun activities.”

Additionally, Rutt sees the store as providing a service to the community for anyone interested in getting involved in a recreational activity who can’t afford the equipment necessary to participate. Virtually all lightly used sporting-related donations will be accepted, excluding weapons of any kind, he said.

“There are a lot of kids in town who can’t afford to go out for sports in the recreation field,” he said. “We want them to pay something, but if a family comes in and they can’t afford our prices, we’ll work with them to enable them to get their kids involved in activities.”

Clients will be on hand to man the store front a few hours each day of operation to fulfill the community service requirement in their treatment plan, with mall staff handling payments for goods at the cashier station located near the front entrance. Diana Hansen, spiritual life coordinator, will oversee staffing of the thrift store.

All donations made will be tax deductible, with receipts available upon request. Donations must be in usable condition, Rutt said.

In addition to community support, Rutt said Revive also will look to area colleges and athletic programs to keep the store well stocked with quality merchandise throughout the year.

“We don’t really want junk,” he said. “We have to be somewhat selective with that. If it’s torn or ripped or the ball has got a hole in it, we don’t want it. We want stuff that you would give to your family to use.

“This store is going to be about building relationships and connecting with the right people to get the right equipment. I’ve always said if you wouldn’t give it to someone in your family, then we probably don’t want it.”

Rutt said he hopes the new store will provide Revive with yet another tool in its mission to help teens and adults struggling with addiction to regain control of their lives through intervention.

“We’re doing OK, but we need to be doing better,” he said. “We want to be able to change the lives of every person who comes through the door.”