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Hospice finalizes plans for thrift shop

A new thrift store will open its doors in Truckee sometime in July.

In their last meeting, held on April 24, the Tahoe Forest Hospital board of directors approved the lease of a 3,000 square foot building on 10026 Meadow Way, across from Tahoe-Truckee High School.

The space will allow enough room for the thrift store’s operations, which will benefit Tahoe Forest Hospice care.

“This is a way for us to provide a service to the community as well as fund the programs we need,” said Eileen Knudson, Tahoe Forest Hospice coordinator.

Tahoe Forest Hospice is a non-profit organization that exists to provide support and care to people and families dealing with a terminal illness.

But across the United States, hospice care programs average reimbursement levels of about 70 percent, leaving administrators to raise the rest of the money.

“We meet each week and discuss patients’ care,” said Knudson. “We help figure out ways (they) can stay at home and die with peace and dignity. But in order to do that, you have to raise money.”

Knudson says the vision for the store is one of a well-organized, clean business with a welcoming atmosphere and quality merchandise.

“Our goal is for it to be an upscale thrift experience,” said Kerry Kilcoyne of the Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation.

The store will be open six days a week and will be staffed with volunteers.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” said Kilcoyne. “We are really excited about the project.”

But don’t get your donations ready just yet; the new building needs some minor renovations before it will be ready to house donations.

Knudson says plans include adding two dressing rooms and creating a work area for volunteers.

“We will alert the public when we are ready to receive donations,” said Knudson.

The start-up costs for opening the store are estimated to be around $70,000. Knudson was able to get a $15,000 grant and raise part of the money through a fund-raiser sponsored by Friends of the Hospice. The foundation is also helping with costs.

For more information about the new thrift store, or to donate funds, contact Hospice at (530) 582-3534.

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