For many, Mission store represents hope

For many, Mission store represents hope

The Times: Published: December 18, 2010

In the back of your closet you probably have a shirt or a pair of pants, or maybe a coat or a sweater, which you no longer wear or need. For you, it represents something to get rid of when you have time. But for the residents and clients of the Rescue Mission of Trenton, it represents hope.

The Rescue Mission of Trenton, this year's Times Holiday Appeal recipient, has a fleet of six trucks to help collect clothing, furniture, household items, sports equipment and bric-a-brac for resale in its Mission Store located at 98 Carroll St., just off of the Perry Street exit on Route 1.

About a quarter of the Mission's annual revenue is derived from the salvage and resale of merchandise collected from the public and resold in its store. The Mission also gives away clothing and furniture to those who need it but can't afford it. This occurred on almost 2,300 occasions in the past year.

The Mission Store is Trenton's largest retail store with more than 10,500 square feet of space. It's a family department store that features a wide assortment of hung used clothing organized by gender, type and color. It also sells new and used bedroom, living room, dining room and kitchen furniture.

The Mission Store offers the lowest prices in the area for clothing, new and used furniture and home appliances including televisions, stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers.

"The Mission Store has the lowest prices in the area due to our one price for used clothing. All kids clothing is 99 cents. All shirts are one price: $1. All blue jeans are $3.99, and so on," said Doug Liebau, the Rescue Mission's Director of Entrepreneurial and Training. "Other thrift stores may have some garments at these prices, but have many more for two, three or four times as much."

The store accepts both Visa and MasterCard and delivers throughout Mercer and adjacent counties.

The Mission Store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For store information call (609) 695-1436 ext. 129 or go to

The Mission sells certain special items it collects on eBay, the world's online marketplace. Residents and/or volunteers clean, expertly describe, take a digital photo and post the item on eBay. When sold, residents pack and ship the item. To see the items the Mission currently has eBay go to:

Funds from this year's Holiday Appeal will be used to support the Rescue Mission of Trenton's broad range of programs for the homeless, the hungry, the transient and the addicted.

The Rose and Louis H. Linowitz Charitable Foundation, a longtime supporter of The Times Holiday Appeal, has pledged to match the next $5,000 raised by this year's campaign, challenging Times readers and area organizations to be generous this holiday season.

To make a donation in support of the Rescue Mission of Trenton, please make your check payable to The Times Holiday Appeal and mail it to Times Charities Inc., P.O. Box 416045, Boston, MA 02241-6045.

Donations to The Times Holiday Appeal will go directly to the designated nonprofit organization without the deduction of overhead expenses.

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