Serving our neighbors through a local thrift shop is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters around the world try to be a healing presence to others today.
Our Philadelphia Thrift Shop, located at our North American Headquarters at 8400 Pine Road, plans a grand re-opening on Monday, May 17, 2010. The store hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sisters invite everyone to the “Same Place, New Face.”
Sister Joan Foley will have overall responsibility for the Thrift Shop. Sister Joan founded and directed the Connections employment assistance program and also started its thrift shop in New Port Richey, Florida. Sisters Helen Marie McGrath, Elona Stanchak, and Silva Zuzek are all involved with the Thrift Shop. Two men from the neighborhood, Bob Perry and Dennis Fisher, have been volunteering their time and help.
The Thrift Shop is selling a variety of items at low prices – new and gently used clothing, bric-a-brac, jewelry, children’s toys, books and CDs, shoes, and some electronics. Eventually we hope to sell items made by people in the areas around the world where our Sisters are in mission.
Sister Joan says, “A significant area in the Shop is devoted to the life and work of Medical Mission Sisters. It’s another way to inform people about what we do in the world, the people we serve, and who they are.”
The Thrift Shop gives people the opportunity to recycle old or unused items. Donations of new or “gently used” items from our neighbors and friends are always welcome. Proceeds help to raise money for our healing mission in 17 nations, including the U.S.
May 1, 2010