HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - There could be an affordable option out there for people to buy furniture and help others at the same time. The team at Huntsville's Downtown Rescue Mission recently completed a new expansion to its thrift store.
It's not just clothes and knick knacks. What's for sale now might surprise you.
The Downtown Rescue Mission's purpose is to provide a warm shelter for Huntsville's homeless. It's getting tougher to do this, though.
"We are having to put our mothers and children department on a waiting list because we are so full," said Lisa Young, the Downtown Rescue Mission's Director of Major Gifts & Community Relations.
Friday, October 18, DRM celebrated the expansion of the Huntsville thrift store, located at 1407 Memorial Pkwy NW, just south of Oakwood Avenue.
The expansion measures 9,000 square feet and is filled with brand new furniture.
"This is a new step for us," said Young. "This is an expansion into the new furniture market."
Huntsville's Downtown Rescue Mission keeps men, women and children safe and warm every day. Young's count has more than 100 men sleeping at the mission each night - especially since the colder nights have arrived.
"In the past couple of months, those have really just pushed the limits of what we've seen thus far," said Young.
The thrift store's line of new furniture is one way to help the mission's staff increase its limits.
"We're trying to offer an affordable option for people in Huntsville who want stylish furniture while helping people who are in need at the Downtown Rescue Mission," said Young.
The line of new furniture is available at all of the Downtown Rescue Mission's six stores in north Alabama:
Albertville Thrift Store
5850 Highway 431, Albertville
Athens Thrift Store
705 Highway 31, Athens
Decatur Thrift Store
2616 Spring Avenue, Decatur
Huntsville Thrift Store
1407 A N. Memorial Parkway, Huntsville
Madison Thrift Store
8006 Old Madison Pike, Suite 10, Madison
Meridianville Thrift Store
12024 Highway 231/431, Meridianville