It is with great sadness that we announce that the Glencoe Care Connection Thrift Store will close on December 30. The thrift store collected and resold donated goods with the proceeds going to support the Allina Health Home Health and Allina Health Hospice programs in the Glencoe and Hutchinson region.
"After considerable effort to find an alternative, we find we have no choice but to close the Care Connection Thrift Store," said Gloria Cade, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care for Allina Health. "The condition of the leased property has deteriorated to the point that we can no longer ask our many wonderful volunteers who staff the thrift store to work in a building that no longer meets our safety standards."
Cade said that the cost of repairing the building was prohibitive given the modest earnings of the store. Cade said Allina Health is very open to turning over the store to another group that wishes to continue operating the Care Connection Thrift Store. She also said that if another location for the store could found that meets the store's needs, Allina would be willing to continue operating the store, as well, though so far, no such property has been located.
"The Care Connection Thrift Store has been a source of great pride for our many volunteers who have staffed the store for the nine years it has been open and we are indebted to them for their dedication and tireless work," Cade said. "Our volunteers have given more than 50,000 hours of donated work since the store opened and we know the store's closing is as great a disappointment to them and the community, as it is to us."
Cade said that despite the closing, Allina Health remains firmly committed to the hospice and home health care services that it provides in the Glencoe and Hutchinson area.
The mission of the Care Connection Thrift Store and its wonderful volunteers has always been to financially support our home health care and hospice service in the area," Cade said. "The circumstances are now that given the condition of the building and the cost to repair it, the store can no longer fulfill that mission. For that, we are deeply saddened because we understand how the store has become part of the fabric of Glencoe."
As of October 31, the thrift store was no longer accepting donated goods.