A Message from Neighbors’ President and CEO Regarding the Neighbors’ Clothes Closet Thrift Store

On May 13, Governor Walz announced that retail stores can reopen on May 18 provided a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is in place.  I am grateful for the Governor’s guidance on how we are able to open the Clothes Closet Thrift Store (CCTS) at some point in the future.

At Neighbors, reopening our CCTS has unique challenges beyond those of a more typical retail establishment. First, we rely on volunteers to operate the store. Second, the items we sell are donated and will require some additional care measures for safety.  Third, we provide a variety of services in addition to the CCTS all in the same building.

In conjunction with the above items, we are preparing a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for the CCTS and monitoring peer retail thrift stores to see how they are responding.

I look forward to welcoming back our volunteers, customers and donors once we are confident that we can provide a safe environment with which to shop and give of your time, talent and treasure.

If you have questions, please contact me directly at charlie@neighborsmn.org.  For the full version of this message please visit our website at www.neighborsmn.org.

In service,

Charlie Thompson