Welcome to the neighborhood, Housing Works!
by Holly Wilensky
Apr 27, 2011 | 3045 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Housing Works, the HIV/AIDS organization helping infected New Yorkers live sustainable, productive, lives has blossomed a brand new thrift store at 266 5th Avenue at Garfield in Park Slope. What a pleasant surprise to see the one-week-old store bustling with customers and people bringing in donations by the armfuls!

The Housing Works is an amazing, nationally recognized organization that has saved the lives of over 20,000 New Yorkers and their families living with HIV and AIDS since 1990. Their mission, headed by president Charles King, provides food, housing, shelter, safe practices education, job training, legal services and counseling for all those in need living with the disease.

The Housing Works stores throughout the five boroughs provide the daily means for the survivors who depend on this reputable foundation each day. They collect donations of clothing, electronics, house wares, books, furniture, etc. from residents all across the city. The items are priced and sold to the general public, in person and online. The price tags on the merchandise remind customers that the one item they buy “will provide a hot meal” for one person living with this disease. Every penny made at the end of the day goes back to the organization to provide all of their services. No single person who turns to HW for help is denied care or turned away.

The store is completely run by volunteers with the exception of a few managers on duty. “People are constantly welcoming us and making us feel so appreciated,” said one manager who spoke of the Park Slope neighborhood.

The shopping experience is a thrift shopper’s dream, with rack after rack of clothes and shoes. Merchandise is in great, gently used condition with a few ‘original’ tagged items in the mix that have never been worn. (Fabulous!)

It is the only Housing Works Store in the city that carries children’s clothes; a perfect fit for Park Slope families!

Be sure to check out their website; www.housingworks.org to find out more about new store openings, how you can help and for local events and happenings throughout the area.
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