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Transgender Resource Center opens thrift store to help pay for services

Erica Zucco
June 15, 2018 06:49 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico says it’s providing more services and educating more communities than ever.

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Now, they’re hoping to fund their work sustainably with a social enterprise model – “Thrift-a-Lot,” located at 4910 Lomas Blvd NE.

Thrift-A-Lot will sell, and accept, a wide variety of clothes, books and household items, according to resource center officials.

“Anything from electronics to furniture to clothing is all accepted,” said TGRCNM Co-director Adrien Lawyer. “We love taking donations. They’ll actually come pick up donations.”

The money will go toward services and education that TGRCNM provides.

“Just this week we trained the FBI here in Albuquerque and the Presbyterian Hospital Advisory Board,” Lawyer said. “We do a lot of advocacy work which can be individual or legislative, and a ton of direct services for transgendered people.”

After 10 years of running on grants and donations, TGRCNM hopes to hold its future in its own hands.

“The grant treadmill a lot of us end up on, you’ll always be searching for funding which can be a distraction from doing the work you set out to do,” Lawyer said.

TGRCNM hopes the new space takes them off that treadmill and puts them on a track where they can connect with the community while paying for programs they say can change lives.

The store has already had its soft opening, but it will hold a grand opening Saturday, June 23 at 9:30 a.m.

 

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