Pay it forward.
That’s the feeling behind Sarah Parker’s and Nikol Phillips’ not-for-profit Renewed Incorporated, which will soon be open to the Vandalia community and surrounding area.
“It’s more than a resale shop,” Phillips said. “It’s a place you can just visit. We want to provide deeper knowledge of the Lord and basic life skills — instead of a hand-out, it’s a helping hand.”
Phillips said she and Parker wanted to create a safe place in the community where families can come for gently used clothes, furniture, and other household items.
“It was a god inspired idea, definitely,” Parker said. “We noticed there was a lot of struggling people in the area.”
Aside from household items the Missouri natives will offer weekly bible studies and monthly life skills classes, including budgeting, parenting, couponing, and cooking courses.
Parker said the courses will be offered no matter what and once expenses are paid, more assistance will be provided to struggling families. A running list of needed items not available in-store will be formed.
Parker and Phillips have been revamping Jim Cafer’s building at 304 S. Main where Cafer ran “A True Gospel Ministry.”
“We find our peace through God,” she said, adding that they chanced upon the building.
The shop is currently accepting donations such as furniture, clothing, and home items.
To donate, contact the business at: firstname.lastname@example.org.