News 11's Adonis Albright speaks with the donation center about the services they offer to the community
YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Jessie's Closet Foster Child Resource Center & Thrift Shop in Yuma reopened its doors on Tuesday after undergoing two weeks of renovations. The center has been instrumental in helping foster families in need for the past several years.
“Jessie’s Closet started a little over 7 years ago in an unused space at our church out in the Foothills", said Karen Liles, the manager of Jessie's Closet.
The shop has been undertaking renovations and remodels for roughly five months, but officially closed down for two weeks to add the finishing touches.
“We have for the first time ever a changing room, we never had that before. All new ceiling, all new flooring. They took out three rooms on the opposite side of the building and we were able to expand into that space", said Liles.
Each purchase made by a foster family costs no more than a dollar. Jessie's Closet is also working on a new program slated for July that would give foster families $20 of store credit per month to spend on items they need. But in order for that to happen, the center needs your help.
“We take all donations except food. Housing items, clothing, dishes, craft items, toys, baby [stuff].”
Donations can be dropped off at Jessie’s Closet located at 2301 S Avenue A, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3. To find out more about the center and how to make a monetary donation, click here.
“Yuma is very generous. We have wonderful donations. We have numerous foster families. We can’t name them, but they come in and take advantage of the services. It’ll be interesting to see how it blossoms once we can do that $20 credit at no charge. I think that’s going to make a huge difference", said Liles.