EChO moving home furnishings store to expanded space

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By Sandy Barnes

Evergreen Christian Outreach is moving its home furnishings department to a space next to its resale shop in the Evergreen North Shopping Center on Highway 74.

“One continuous space will be all of EChO,” said Sharon Smith, executive director of the interfaith service organization. “We’re going to eventually take over the whole space.”

For the past year, the home furnishings portion of the resale shop has been in a building across the way from the main store that sells used clothing and household goods. Shop owners at Shipping Depot and Artful Journey have agreed to move into the space where EChO home furnishings has been operating, making the move possible, said Smith.

By opening up walls in the space that became vacant when the Kitchen and Bath Design Center closed earlier this year, the resale shop can occupy a large, expanded space, Smith explained.

EChO is also in the process of relocating its enrichment and job center and emergency assistance service to second-floor offices at the shopping center.

Walking through the new space where volunteers are organizing goods and equipment, Smith said it's in a convenient location near the post office and grocery store.

The new space has room for computers where people can search for employment, as well as a studio where they can be helped toward self-sufficiency, said Smith.

Classes in crafts and nutrition also will be offered in the expanded offices. EChO volunteers will help clients learn how to create items such as handbags that they can sell for income.

“I think that’s got a lot of potential,” said Smith.

The Best Foot Forward program, which provides clothing for job seekers, also will be offered in the new space.

By mid-August, Smith said she anticipates the move to be complete.

The former location of the emergency assistance service in the St. Raphael’s building is now being used as the rectory for the Episcopal priest serving the Church of the Transfiguration, Smith said.

The EChO food bank will continue to be housed in the present building on the church campus.

EChO offers assistance to residents of the mountain communities who are unemployed, under-employed, dealing with a long term illness, or experiencing other forms of personal crisis. The organization assists homeless people in the community as well.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com.