The Beacon House is proud to announce the opening of the new Beacon House Thrift Shop in Long Beach. The 13,300 sq. ft. property is located at 3220 E. Anaheim St. in the Belmont Shopping Center, which is currently anchored by Food 4 Less and McDonald’s, and is part of the Zaferia Business District. The community is invited to help the men of Beacon House celebrate their Grand Opening Weekend by joining them to shop at the new store January 8-10 between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
As part of the Grand Opening festivities, community members who complete a special entry form will be entered to win a basket of items from the store, including a book on French and Italian decor, a silver platter, a crystal pitcher, a set of cheese plates, several other home décor items, and a Thrift Shop gift certificate. The organization is following state and county restrictions for retail businesses, including a temperature check at the door and masks required for entry. The store is large enough to allow plenty of space for browsing while maintaining proper social distancing from others.
This is the organization’s second location through their Thrift Shop social enterprise program, and the new store is nearly four times the size of the flagship Beacon House Thrift Shop in Downtown San Pedro. The store is managed by the residents of the San Pedro-based nonprofit, with assistance and support from the staff. Beacon House has a strong focus on workforce development as part of their state-certified, residential substance abuse recovery program for men. More than a dozen Beacon House residents are being trained to fill the necessary positions in the new Thrift Shop, from entry-level to management.
In addition to second-hand sales that benefit the organization’s recovery program, the Thrift Shop provides the opportunity for the men to practice the life and job skills they need to build successful futures. The men of Beacon House are also available to assist the community with both donation drop-offs at the store and pick-ups, which can conveniently be scheduled through the Thrift Shop’s website, www.beaconhousethrift.org. The Donation Pick-up Program is a convenient way to donate larger items to the Thrift Shop, providing the store with inventory and giving the men an opportunity to be of service to the community, in addition to receiving a receipt for tax purposes.
Shane Fleming, Beacon House’s Director of Social Enterprises and a graduate of the program, is optimistic about the high-traffic environment and hopes that the Long Beach Thrift Shop will generate momentum quickly. “I’m confident that this will be a great opportunity for the men of Beacon House to be challenged and gain valuable experience working in a fast-paced retail environment,” he commented. “We’re looking forward to the tasks ahead.”
Beacon House has been a familiar name in the Long Beach area for years now. They are investors with the Long Beach Community Foundation, have worked with the Belmont Shore Business Association, and have helped with setup and security at events with the Queen Mary and Gay Pride Parade.
More information about the Thrift Shop, including what donations are accepted and how to schedule a pick-up, can be found here. The community is also invited to follow Beacon House Thrift Shop on Facebook and Instagram – @beaconhousethrift – for updates, special discount announcements and more!