Anza’s newest Thrift Store, a treasure trove of heart and redemption

Volunteer Dalia stands in front of Anza's New Thrift Store whose proceeds support three ministries, High Country Boys and Girls Club project, the Fish and Loafs project and Serenity House project which is in the works. The store is located on the corner of Highway 371 and Kirby Road in Anza; the home of the future Destination Place. Jodi Thomas photo
Volunteer Dalia stands in front of Anza’s New Thrift Store whose proceeds support three ministries, High Country Boys and Girls Club project, the Fish and Loafs project and Serenity House project which is in the works. The store is located on the corner of Highway 371 and Kirby Road in Anza; the home of the future Destination Place. Jodi Thomas photo

It all started with a dream, a dream to bless people and create good things in their lives by creating a place to meet and to build relationships, a place that will create jobs. That is the dream of Robyn Garrison who has purchased 10 acres on the comer of Highway 371 and Kirby Road in the Anza area.

While the development, named Destination Place, is in the planning stage, the current building which once housed Carl Long’s Reality office and the birthplace of the Anza Valley Outlook still stands. It is there you will find the new Thrift Store where you not only find great buys and interesting items you find volunteers with heart.

Four rooms full of stuffed animals, games, appliances, furniture and knick-knacks, all well organized, all waiting to be redeemed by new owners. The store is staffed by volunteers many have a story to tell. At first the place was staffed by 10 volunteers. Soon after they started three volunteers who were jobless before volunteering at the Thrift Store, received jobs, much to the delight of Garrison. Working at the thrift store gave them current work experience making way for their new jobs. Garrison pointed out that is what Destination Place is all about; giving community opportunity and seeing those opportunities change lives.

The Thrift Store’s proceeds go to support three ministries, the High Country Boys and Girls Club project, the Fish and Loafs Project, which helps those in need and Serenity House which is in the works. Serenity House will be a place that will give women the tools they need to get out of the bondage of drugs and alcohol and abuse.

Dalia is one of five volunteers left at the Thrift Store, and she is a passionate woman on a mission.

Dalia has a story to tell, she wants to help other young women to be empowered to be able to break the chains and bondage of drugs and alcohol and abuse. She is excited about the Thrift Store’s mission and determined to stay and work there so she can be available to help women struggling through situations similar to hers. Once hooked on prescription drugs given to her for a severe injury, Dalia knows from firsthand experience what it like to struggle with addiction.

Dalia explained that addiction controls you; you are enslaved to it. You may try to quit on your own but sadly without learning about the tools you will need and the proper support of others most will fail.  Dalia knew that path, saying she would lie and say anything to get what she needed to feed her addiction, even resorting to stealing her own father’s prescription medications. In an act of tough love, her father turned her in. She was arrested and placed in lockup. Three days later she was out, determined to detox on her own, she wandered the streets of Hemet.  She said she wanted to feel the pain of detoxing, she wanted to remember the struggle so she would not want to go backward. Finally, after 30 days on the street detoxing she received a call from MFI Recovery Center, a resident home that helps with addiction, notifying her that they had a bed for her.

It was there she learned the tools she would need that help set her free from drug’s grasp. Dalia she explains that she has been free from addiction one year.  A graduation in her honor will soon be held at MFI Recovery Center, something she is very proud off.  It was a struggle and still is but she uses the tools she learned at MFI. Dalia said she hopes to share her story with those who want to hear or who may be looking for help.

The Thrift Store is located on the corner of Highway 371 and Kirby Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Donations of gently use items are welcome between those hours.

To learn more about MFI Recovery Center in Hemet go to www.mfirecovery.com or call (866) 218-4697 for admissions, or for more information, call (951) 683-6596.

Volunteers staff the Thrift Store, here Dalia show off some of the toys that the Thrift Store offers. Jodi Thomas photo
Volunteers staff the Thrift Store, here Dalia show off some of the toys that the Thrift Store offers. Jodi Thomas photo

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