Safe Haven Now of Rogersville is a non-profit organization helping its citizens in need for years. Not too long ago, it expanded its efforts to Fordland. After some remodeling, this past Thursday was its official Grand Re-Opening. For many folks, this store will be a well-needed blessing.
For Tina Viebrock, store manager for the Fordland Safe Haven Now, stepping into this position was unexpected, “ My husband and I lived in Rogersville for many years and I had been a volunteer at the Rogersville Safe Haven location. Then we built our home in Fordland a couple of years ago and moved. I put a pause on volunteering, but through lots of prayer, Mindy and a few board members kept hearing my name and approached me for the position. I prayed for about four to six weeks and found no reservations. I think it was God’s way of leading me. We have turned the store around a lot with remodeling and everyone that has been in the store is amazed and pleased with how it looks.”
Now that the store has finished its remodeling and is fully opened it is accepting various goods. Viebrock explains further, “The Fordland store is a thrift store and pantry. We accept gently used clothing, home decor, shoes, toys, housewares, and non-perishable foods. Things like canned or boxed foods like ravioli, macaroni, and cheese, soups, cereals, puddings, Ensure protein drinks.” But it also needs volunteers, “We do need volunteers. Right now we have a couple of ladies from Born-Again Church on Thursdays and then myself and Mindy Masters on Fridays''.
Currently, the Fordland store is open Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, with food distribution every third Saturday of the month. But with enough volunteers, they could expand their hours. Viebrock hopes “ Our goal is to eventually be open Tuesday through Friday.”
Anyone interested in volunteering can reach out to their website www.safehavennow.org, message them through either facebook business pages SafeHaven Now Rogersville/SafeHaven Now Fordland, or call the Fordland location at 417-630-8567.
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