The Rescue Mission always remembers the less fortunate. It has been a central part of their mission for over one hundred years. Affectionately named “The Mission” among its supporters and clients, one of its lesser known aspects is an in-house retail thrift store which offers used furniture and clothing and household items, including glassware and pictures. The thrift operation has evolved into more of a community resource benefiting families throughout the city that need basic furniture and low cost living supplies.
The only remaining thrift store associated with rescue missions nationwide is The Trenton Rescue Mission — a place that underscores The Mission’s commitment to the city and to underserved populations. Mary Gay Abbott-Young, Chief Executive Officer has served The Mission for over 30 years.
Running like a well-oiled machine, drivers pick up items to populate the thrift store leveraging a fleet of trucks throughout the city and surrounding areas. Providing this service six days out of the week, The Mission donates thrift store proceeds to assist in the operation of their homeless shelter.
Staff comprises of about 25 percent of the Mission’s former clients — a testament to the impact of their work in the community. These workers often experienced the same struggles as the new clients, but their roles allow them to pay it forward and inspire current clients of the mission.
To donate to the Mission’s thrift store, please contact (609) 698-1436 ext. 129. Information about how to donate to the thrift store can also be found at http://rescuemissionoftrenton.org.