During 2010 donated goods valued at $108,904.40 were provided at no cost to: 925 persons (403 adults, 487 children, and 35 seniors) and community groups. Of these individuals, 107 were homeless. Goods donated include furniture, clothing, household goods, cooking utensils, linens, toys, books, and many other effects. Community organizations include Human Services Inc. and HSI Mosaic Homes, HeadStart, homeless programs, Early Childhood, and local schools. Every day there are several bins of free goods for store visitors and customers. They empty quickly and are not included in our reported figures. We gave away, at no cost, almost 49% of our available merchandise to persons/families in need.
Stone Soup also provides a site that serves as a place where court ordered community service is performed. During 2010 we served 109 youth and adults.
Our Goals are to: expand our space and the goals of our mission; increase our customer base and enhance business activities; provide an educational environment for individuals placed with us for training; expand distribution of free merchandise to disadvantaged families and individuals; broaden distribution of products to community churches and organizations at no cost; increase sales of furniture and other products to meet the costs of our business independently; recruit more volunteers for sorting, repairing, stocking items for resale and other activity; offer the sale of products of high quality gently used goods at reasonable/affordable prices; promote and encourage the ongoing community donations of materials and goods; continue serving community programs that help reduce the hardship of our customers; make available a positive learning environment for community service individuals; increase recycling of goods to conserve our environment and add to program income; generate future income by selling more recyclables, will not be sold; develop additional services and programs for families who are in crisis.
Community or Constituency Served
We serve low income, disadvantaged and sell to the general public to help cover our costs. People who have never used our services are discovering us. We see blue-collar workers, single parent households, immigrants and increasing numbers of migrant workers who frequented our store. Seniors and baby boomers approaching retirement looking for bargains so they can live on their fixed incomes.
Geographic Area Served
Washington County and portions of Dakota and Ramsey Co as well as some from Prescott WI
Impact and Programs