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STEP Opens Second Thrift Shop to Train Employees in Vocational Skills | DDadvocates.com

Services to Enhance Potential (STEP) is expanding its outreach with a new thrift store, opening in April 2011 that will employ up to 30 people.

Tried and True Too thrift shop (734-225-3400) is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at 15431 Dix-Toledo Road in the Galleria Plaza center just south of Eureka Road in Southgate.

The new store is located in a building that once housed Snookers pool hall on Dix-Toledo Road. The grand opening is April 2.

This is the second thrift shop launched by STEP, an area vocational program which serves about 1,200 individuals with developmental disabilities in Wayne County. The first is Tried and True on Michigan Avenue in the city of Wayne which has 16 employees.

About 40 percent of the merchandise will be clothing, and 20 percent miscellaneous such as home décor, and the rest will be furniture.

The expansion of a second shop in Southgate allows STEP to provide more clients in the Downriver area with jobs, says STEP Regional Manager Leah Cooley.

The store not only give STEP clients a job but teaches them vocational skills such as customer service, maintenance and marketing, according to David Bourque, STEP resource center director. Employees work in four-hour shifts, 15 to 20 hours weekly, and earn from $7.40 to $7.80 an hour. The thrift stores benefit the employees and people who shop there.

The store is supported by sales and by funding from the Detroit Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency and the Mental Health Funding for Employment program.

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