Our projects (though related) go beyond our mandated roles and services, and we believe these actions add to a richer environment and a more sustainable community. Some projects generate a small amount of revenue, offering some income diversification, but more importantly the incentive to make the absolute most with what we are given.
Mental Health and Substance Use Services WEEKLY DROP IN –
Every Wednesday from 1pm-2pm, accessible via the Whispers Dining area and the BETHS common room, located at the rear of the building. Temporarily Unavailable
Please connect with either the local Mental Health and Substance Use office or the Boundary Resource Center for more services and options available. We plan to continue drop in services as soon as we have a new location established for the Community Kitchen.
Thank you to the Phoenix Foundation for the purchase of our new trailer! With this we are better able to transport large quantities of items to their intended location, while advertising our business in a clear and professional manner. We hope to offer donation pick up services in the near future, to conveniently and more efficiently accommodate our donors and provide more stock to our customers.
Kitchen Projects – temporarily unavailable:
- Breakfast Program
Offering a free modest continental breakfast every morning with coffee until 10am. Typically toast with peanut butter and jam, sometimes pancakes, with fresh fruit whenever available.
- Beverage Sales (Revenue Generating)
Canned juice and various pops are sold for $1 each. The cans are saved for our bottle recycling project.
- Composting & Animal Feed
Inedible food items are sorted based on appropriate use for animal feed or general compost and offered to local farmers and food producers. This reduces expenses, eliminates unnecessary waste, and promotes healthy food systems.
- Local Gleaning
Our kitchen will accept lower graded produce donations, and take the time to sort for compost or clean and trim products for use in the kitchen. A difficult project when man power is low and fridge space is sparing, but still an effort we like to partake in with the aid of local farmers and food producers. We hope to offer more resources to this project and further develop the many gleaning opportunities our bountiful boundary holds.
- Out of the Cold Cafe
A recently offered program with the aid of outside service providers – a couple hours in the evening “out of the cold” with warm beverages, snacks, and an activity to engage in. Dining room doors open from 4pm-6pm and content will vary based on which organization is hosting. Any interested service providers can CONTACT US for more details on how to host an event.
- Bottle Recycling (Revenue Generating)
Returnable bottles and cans are gathered and sorted by volunteers at the local Bottle Depo. We unfortunately are limited in resources and can only accept a small amount of returnable bottle donations at this time, limiting us mostly to the returnables generated through pop sales and left behind by foot traffic. We hope to be able to utilize our large bottle and can receptacles and a implement a new more efficient sorting and transport procedure by summer 2018.
Thrift Store Projects:
- Emergency Relief – Free Items of Necessity
When someone is in need, for any reason, we will offer toiletries and basic necessities for free. In some cases when individuals or families are uprooted from their homes, we will offer clothing, linens, and basic kitchen supplies to support them in finding anew. Furry family members may also be able to receive free bags of kibble and treats when available.
Free Toiletries include: travel soaps, shampoos, conditions, lotions, dental care products, infant and adult diapers, feminine hygiene products, and shaving supplies when available.
- Electronics Recycling
It is our standard to test all electronic items before they are put out on the shelves for sale, or at least properly label and indicate if the item was untested. Many donated items are unfortunately defective or damaged beyond basic repair. We currently work with the local Return-It (Bottle Depo) Center, to ensure all unusable electronics are properly recycled and avoid ending up in the landfill. We hope to develop our ability to repair items and further reduce our footprint while also increasing revenue. We currently allow our customers to return any defective items they may have purchased, in exchange for store credit, within a week of purchasing it. We then also ensure that the item is recycled appropriately.
- Material Recycling (Revenue Generating)
We accept all materials, even stained or torn clothing and linens. We review and sort donations thoroughly, gathering otherwise unusable products, for recyclers who further grade, sort, and use in various practical applications. We currently work with an international company called CannAm Exports, who operate out of Vancouver. Items are picked up by the semi-load and paid for by weight, and then sold to other thrift stores, relief projects, used for up-cycled rags and insulation, etc. We shipped 4 full semi trailers of material recycling in 2017 – that’s several tons of waste diverted from the landfill!
- Local Artisan Support
Are you a local Artisan or Crafter working on a big project? We work with many locals to accomplish their artwork as economically as possible. Whether it be help in upcycling oddities or offering savings through bulk discounts, we do our best to help bring your projects into reality. Some local projects we’ve contributed towards have included t-shirt throw rugs, cutlery crafts, glass and tile mosaics, and so many more! Please CONTACT US if you have something in mind and want to make arrangements, or if you’d like to share pictures of what you’ve done.