- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A men’s shelter in Fort Dodge is using two donated buildings to open a thrift store and a recovery ministry.

Beacon of Hope’s newly acquired space will be used for a thrift store, offices and a recovery ministry for anyone affected by struggle, the Fort Dodge Messenger reported (https://bit.ly/1gydahj ).

Steve Roe, the group’s director, said he contacted one of the buildings’ owners earlier this year about donating one of the properties. He was shocked when both owners offered two buildings and a parking lot.

He said the donations give the shelter credibility that someone would invest in them.

“It recognizes us in the community, that we are following through with the mission that God has placed on us,” he said.

The group’s current thrift store was not in a convenient location because it was on the second floor of its shelter, Roe said. This new space will give it its own storefront, close to the shelter.

“With the thrift store, we want to keep our prices low enough that people in poverty can easily afford anything we have, so we can help them,” he said. “So that people who cannot afford nice clothes can have nice clothes.”

The store, which will employ people at the shelter, will also continue to give clothes away to people who need them.

Roe said the new recovery ministry will start with a focus on addiction recovery, but it will not be limited to addicts or the issue of addiction.

“We didn’t really want to do N.A. or A.A. We wanted to have something that was all about the healing power of Jesus. That opened this whole building up for a learning center and group ministry of dealing with recovery from our past. That doesn’t necessarily mean an addict. That means anyone who’s dealing with any type of struggles,” he said.

Carpenters and painters from the shelter have been working on the thrift store ahead of its opening. Roe hopes it will be ready for a Monday opening.

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Information from: The Messenger, https://www.messengernews.net

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