Jobs4Homeless Youth at Incredible Thrift!

Help us employ homeless youth by shoping on-line! Provide Jobs for many and help pay it forward.
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Youth Homelessness - a community issue with no real solutions... There are 100's of these kids homeless near You. The numbers are shocking!

       

                


We have effective solutions

   


    What we do

    • We give Jobs to Homeless & At Risk youth directly off our streets.
    • We help our youth to take action and apply important principles. We teach both Job and life skills.
      • When ready, we help place them into better jobs within the community with our community partners.
      • These steps lead to Independence for these youth - Releasing our community from financial support.

        This goes directly to the heart of our community issues to reduce homelessness, crime, drug use, family disruptions and wasted tax dollars:)

          

        Making progress early on :)


        We hope you fall in love with our dream and solutions:~)

        Our story

        We started giving jobs to homeless youth through community garage sales in Springfield MO 16 months ago and it quickly grew to a thrift store and then to an Incredible Thrift Super-Center.

        Welcome to IncredibleThrift!

        "We turn your junk into jobs for homeless youth" 

        We help at risk youth become strong and independent through the application of critical principles like Habits, Integrity, Giving Back and the development of a Clear Life Purpose (detailed goals). We also teach our youngsters a variety of job and life skills.

        Almost like a dream we have witnessed youth after youth go through our program and graduate to full/part time positions with other companies (Partners). But more than the new jobs, they are moving on with dreams, goals and plans! They also move on with determination and courage to face life on its own terms.

        How we Work for our youth

        It took no time at all before word was out.  We had  a string of youth (16-23) coming into our store saying "Can you help me with a job?" or "Will you give me a chance?" Regardless of their appearance we accept each youth with dignity and respect. Many of these in the beginning are homeless, lacking hygiene, unemployable.

        We offer clean clothes, food and a job. We now pay our kids $8 an hour for a few hours a day so that they can take care of their basic daily needs.

        We ask each one "how much effort are you willing to give for what you want? " We help them understand how much effort success takes, then ask if they are ready to take action? "Yes" is a pretty standard reply!  No other principle can replace action and realistic expectations help.

        Why We need Your Help - How the Money will be used

        Our current facilities will support up to 15- 20  youth daily yet our current budget only allows us to help 2-5 of these kids (daily). We have a huge waiting list and most of the kids are desperate. 50% of  the funds raised will be placed directly into our youth employment fund allowing us to employ more youth.

        We have detailed plans for a 10k sq ft recycling warehouse. "We Turn your junk into jobs". Our focus will be on recycling computers, monitors, metals, plastics, old TV's and paper.  40% of the funds raised go directly into our new recycling  program.  Warehouse, tools and equipment.  We also need a Truck and Trailer. This will help us create 20+ monthly Jobs.

         

        "OL Betsy" is temperamental and cant go more than 20 miles without having to take a 2 hour break! She also likes to take in water. She has served us well but needs help quickly :)

        "I  Want Real Solutions" is our mentorship program.  We need less than 5% of the funds to make this dream  a reality :) We  feel  like we have the "formula"  to touch lives. We wish to duplicate our program in communities everywhere.

        More Info

        We love to pay it forward!

        We serve our community by offering very nice clothing for .99 Cents on a regular basis. We have built our Incredible Thrift program without any funding or grants - a "self supporting" business model. We have developed 3 income streams for our program - Our $.99 Cent Thrift Store, On-line Sales and our "Green" Recycling Program.  We are currently building an on-line thrift store (with shipping and pick up options) so people can shop with us 24/7! Today we are 75% self supporting and will be 100% soon.

        Describing our Impact is difficult because we operate with very little funds. The successes are great but so are the challenges

        "Thanks Incredible Thrift!" Mike & Jared

        Both recently took positions with Sam's Club!

        "Incredible Thrift has given me hope" Aaron

        Who we are


        Hi Community, Thank you for taking the time to read our story.

        My name is James Bruggeman. I too am a miracle who has survived family addiction, homelessness and other great challenges. I understand how it feels and know what it takes to make lasting changes.

        Tennille Chapa. Much of our success is due to her. She is a tireless worker with experience and determination!

        James & Tennille  We see ourselves as humble community servants with more than 25 years experience in the field of recovery, outreach and business. We hope our passion and dedication shows. We love to drive to the river during our rare times off ~ 10 minutes away ~ we enjoy our family (Dogs Pink & Lil Boy- kids are grown:)

        A Selfie :)


          Pink & Lil Boy

        Our Free Time


        We thank our kids, community, supporters, friends and family!

        Our gratitude is enormous and we hope you feel it :)

        James & Tennille

        PLEASE SUPPORT US AND HELP US MAKE AN IMPACT  ON HOMELESS YOUTH & OUR COMMUNITIES

        COLLECTIVELY WE CAN KNOCK OUT MUCH YOUTH HOMELESSNESS .

        Please Choose a PERK!

        #Perks - Shop on-line with us (we just went live! with more items daily!). Our nicest clothing, accessories, household, collectables and furniture at great prices! *Shipping available on shippable inventory w/no handling charges:)

        On-Line Store

        Gratitude Wall

        More About Us and our History...

        Thanks Again from the Family Outreach Network!



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        • $10USD
          Love & Share

          Your support counts! A Warm Thank You! +$10 In-Store Credit + Thank You on our Gratitude Wall!

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          On-Line Store!

          A Warm Thank You! + Shop in-store for $25 or wait until September 2014 and shop on-line with Incredible Thrift! + Thank You on our Gratitude Wall!

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          Estimated delivery: September 2014
        • $100USD
          Shirt Hat & Card!

          A Warm Thank You! + Your own Special Campaign T-Shirt + Campaign Hat! + Thank You Card from our Youth + $100 in-store/on-line Certificate!

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          Cards Kids and Grins!

          A Warm Thank You! + Your name listed on our Incredible Gratitude Wall "Designer" + Your own Incredible Thrift Special "campaign" T-Shirt + Hat + Cup! + Special Thank You Card from our Youth! + $25 in-store/on-line Certificate! **Our Indiegogo Gratitude Wall is a dedicated web page that will include "gratitude wall" links on all our pages! You my use your own name-sponsor someone else-or use a business name-or nothing at all :)

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          October Grand Opening!

          A Warm Thank You! + Honorary Person at our grand opening - Specialized to fit your personality! + Your name listed on our Incredible Gratitude Wall "Designer"! + Your own Incredible Thrift Special "Indiegogo" T-Shirt + Hat + Cup! + Special Thank You Card from our Youth! + $25 in-store/on-line Certificate! **Our Indiegogo Gratitude Wall is a dedicated web page that will include "gratitude wall" links on all our pages! Your own name-sponsor someone else-or use a business name-or nothing at all :)

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          Dedication of our Truck!

          Our New Truck will be Dedicated to this group of contributors! With your Logo/Name and a Special Thanks visible on our truck! Flexible and Creative! + You will receive a Shirt, Hat, Cup + A Special Thank You Card from our Youth! + Store Credit/Purchases Available!

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          Engraved for life!

          Your Name on 2 Large Oak/Gold Plaques in our Store and Main Office! + Gratitude Wall (Special with your personalized links and logo) + We are Flexible and Creative! + You will receive a Shirt, Hat, Cup + A Special Thank You Card from our Youth! + Store Credit/Purchases Available!

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          Community Partnership!

          You are a Creator of multiple Jobs and we and our youth Thank You! Your Business or Cause of your choice will be added as a Partner + Front pages of our Websites(2) + Social Media Weekly PR (fb,twit,link,g+) + On-line store pages, banners, counters and all future Creative Partner Incentives that we develop! + Shirts, Hats, Cups for your team! **Incentive is can be custom fit for you

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          Big Custom!

          Our Kids are demanding to be the Star Gift Makers from here on! They wish to meet/speak with you to create and personalize your Incentive! + Stay as our V.I.P guest at our Grand Opening! + All Incentives below!

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        • $25,000USD
          Foundation Maker

          A Foundation you will be with our new Recycling Warehouse/Program named after you! + An Incredible Thrift Banner Signed by "All of us!" + V.I.P Stay at our Grand Opening! + A Special Personalized Incentive package for you! + Partnership!

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          Dream Maker

          Tell Your Story on your own dedicated web page! "Us Kids thought of this!" + An Incredible Thrift Banner Signed by "All of us!" + "The Love & Gratitude of all of the kids who are not yet with us!" + V.I.P Stay at our Grand Opening! + A Special Personalized Incentive package for you!

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          Grand Slam

          You would personally be responsible for 25 + Immediate Jobs and the Majority of our new Recycling Equipment. + Board of Directors We would welcome you as an honorary Member! +"The most special surprise gift ever!" kids + Our Recycling Program will be named after you! (or designate) + An Incredible Thrift Banner Signed by "All of us!" + "The Love & Gratitude of all of the kids who are not yet with us!" + V.I.P Stay at our Grand Opening! + A Special Personalized Incentive package for you!

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