Thrift shop extremely supportive

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

Thank you for the coverage of the grant money that Casa Mesita Group Home is receiving from Value Options to assist us in our efforts in re-opening the Group Home. We look forward to opening the doors again for young women in need as soon as possible. This grant will be key to that effort.

Unfortunately, the article did not mention one of our key partners, the Casa Mesita Thrift Shop. Although the thrift shop is a separate not-for-profit entity that is not obligated to assist the group home, they have shown us faithful support during this difficult time. Even when inactive, they have continually helped the group home with their much-needed financial support. While inactive, the group home still has many bills to pay — utilities, insurance and various expenses associated with our efforts to improve the program and re-open the home. If the thrift shop had not provided this regular support, we could not have contemplated re-opening the home and would sadly have remained closed permanently.

This community has long been a supporter of both Casa Mesita Group Home and Casa Mesita Thrift Shop. Please keep in mind the thrift shop when shopping and when getting rid of your good quality second-hand items. The thrift shop is located between Central and Trinity in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center and is open for sales Wednesdays and Saturdays. Also remember that this organization requires thousands of volunteer hours to operate, and they would gladly accept extra hands to assist them in running the shop.

Many other organizations, such as the United Way of Northern New Mexico, and individuals have donated both time and money to the group home during our 36-year history, and I apologize for not mentioning them all. Needless to say we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Daniel R. Bartholomew

Chairman, Casa Mesita Inc.