Rock Hills newest resale store will host its grand opening celebration today, and Paul Crosby, the executive director of the Rock Hill Dream Center couldnt be happier.
Its going to be a great thing, he said.
The resale store is just the latest in a long line of initiatives from the Dream Center, which got its start back in 2011.
Crosby and his wife, Barbara, realized there were a lot of communities in Rock Hill that needed a great deal of help, because of poverty, widespread crime and drug use.
They decided to do something about it, and what started as the ministry of a single church and one couple has turned into a community-wide ministry, with more than six participating churches and more than 100 regular volunteers, Crosby said.
Last year, the Dream Center started its Dream Home ministry, renovating houses to provide a home for families who are down on their luck. But this latest program came with a hefty price tag.
Its something that costs a good deal of money, Crosby said.
At the same time, Bob and Linda LaPorte were concocting a plan for a resale store and wanted the Dream Center to open it.
Until we did this, I was going to tell (Crosby) every time I saw him, LaPorte said.
The LaPortes are now managers at the store. They oversee volunteers and merchandise, which is all donated and ranges from couches to clothing to candlesticks. Everyone who works in the store is a volunteer.
On Thursday afternoon, four volunteers moved busily around the store, cleaning off and organizing items.
Sandy Shiple is a volunteer who learned about the Dream Centers work through her church, Calvary Baptist. She comes to the store every Thursday.
I was impressed and there was a need, a real need, to serve the community, she said.
Another volunteer, James Barber, 29, met Crosby more than two years ago when the catering company he worked for helped with some Dream Center events. Now, the Rock Hill resident helps out with the store whenever he can.
Its turned out to be one of the best things I do, he said. Its very fulfilling.
Crosby hopes people who are out of work will come to volunteer for the store to help get them ready to work. Between the volunteers and the people who shop in the store, he said its a place to find good people.
We want this store to be about the community, Crosby said. We want all this money to go back into the city of Rock Hill.
Barber agrees. Communities should be tight, he said, and if people give to the community, they will show support back.
Alexander Hogan, 11, was at the store shopping with his sister, Britney, 9, and their mother. He said he likes the Dream Center store and what it does.
It makes the community better and safer, he said.
This is all part of the Dream Centers bigger mission, Crosby said.
We want to love our city like its never been loved before, he said.
The Dream Centers resale stores grand opening celebration will be held today, with free food for all.
Rachel Southmayd • 80-329-4072