Thrift shop helps support counseling services

By: 

Carol Wagner, Leader Correspondent


Photo by Carol Wagner - Some of the women who volunteer at the Lutheran Counseling and Family Services Thrift Shop in Shawano are, from left, Murylene Clements, Leah Giese, Lauri Cornelius, Kathy Suehring, Carol Stanek and Darlyne Wright.

The Lutheran Counseling and Family Services Thrift Shop in Shawano is co-managed by Carol Stanek, Kathy Suehring, and Leah Lehman.

Stanek gets help with sorting in the back room. She also does the store layout, changing things around to better display what is available.

“It works really well,” Stanek said. “Different things are selling that didn’t before.”

The usual fare is available — clothes, shoes, dishes, furniture, books, bedding, puzzles, games, decorations, collectibles, and jewelry. Occasionally new items are in a special area of the shop. All items are color coded and reasonably priced.

“I thing we’re on the low end,” Stanek said about their prices.

Suehring does the accounting, keeping track of the receipts and showing volunteers how to use the cash register. The income is sent to the home office which then pays the bills and helps the Shawano counseling office.

“We subsidize the counselors so people who go to them can pay according to their income,” Suehring said.

Eighteen area churches participate in helping at the thrift shop.

“We couldn’t do it without the faithful volunteers,” Suehring said.

Stanek said the volunteers can work one day a month or even a half day.

“We’re all working together, but we always need more volunteers,” Stanek said.

Leah Lehman, who does the scheduling of volunteers and trains new volunteers, is impressed with the their faithfulness.

“Anyone can volunteer to help, no matter your religious affiliation,” Lehman said.

Donations should be clean, gently used items and no rummage sale tags. Everything that is taken to the thrift shop is used. If not at the store, it is used elsewhere, like the woman who makes the rag rugs for sale at the shop.

“We outsource to a lot of places like the humane society, the Orphan Grain Train, and Lutheran World Relief,” Lehman said.

The LCFS Thrift Shop is at 2324 E. Richmond St., Shawano. Donations can be dropped off during store hours, which are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m weekdays. and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 715-526-9092.