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Farmington nonprofit thrift store adjusts to public health order changes

Diana Castillo
Created: November 16, 2020 10:52 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Part of The Arc of San Juan County's mission is, "to provide all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities an equal opportunity."

“That includes being able to work and more than half of the employees at our Arc store do have some type of a disability” said Diana Reynolds, president of The Arc Thrift Store. 

The Arc has been in Farmington for 20 plus years, and Reynolds said they hope to keep it going while also keeping their employees safe. The thrift store is dependent on donations to stay open, but the pandemic has not made things easy.

“We were already closed for several months at the beginning of the pandemic and it cost us about $15,000 in our budget,” Reynolds said. 

Recently, they had to cut their operating  hours to save some money, but the new health order has forced them to close until the end of the month.  Now, board members of The Arc are looking at other options to make money.

 "What we're looking at right now is working with some of our third party vendors like Poshmark or Etsy or stuff like that,” Reynolds said. 

The thrift store is not accepting merchandise donations right now. People who would still like to help can send The Arc a check or donate to them online by clicking here. 


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