The Brandywine Health Foundation celebrated the grand re-opening and expansion of the Brandywine Consignment Shop on December 3rd with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by many of the people who made the change possible.
Among the attendees was Shop Manager Nancy Oliver, Chairman of the Consignment Shop Board of Directors Dale Polite, as well as the Brandywine Health Foundation’s Board Chair Dawn James, and over 60 volunteers who help the shop run each week by selflessly donating their time to the project.
“We’re thrilled with the new space!” enthused Oliver. “It means more showroom space for our consigners’ goods and therefore more opportunity for shoppers to find ‘that special thing’ they just can’t live without. But, we’re doing much more than that,” she added. “The expanded space is increasing our bottom line and supporting affordable healthcare for the community.”
The Brandywine Consignment Shop has donated close to $1 million to the local community in support of health and wellness programs since 1992. Currently, profits made in the store are used to support the Brandywine Center in the City of Coatesville.
The $13 million Center is visited by more than 10,000 people of all ages throughout the year, where they receive much needed medical and dental care from ChesPenn Health Services as well as behavioral health care provided by the Child Guidance Resource Centers and Human Services, Inc.
The location has also helped to provide affordable housing for senior citizens since 2008, when it was developed as the foundation’s first major project. Its’ value to the community as a source of health and housing services for local residents with low incomes has proved to be immeasurable.
“It is wonderful to see the dreams of some many become a reality here tonight,” remarked James. “The word is out about this “little gem” and we feel very confident that the annual donations from the shop which have averaged about $50,000 a year to the Brandywine Health Foundation will eventually double”.
The newly expanded shop will be open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An open house was also successfully held on Sunday, December 6th, with shoppers bringing non-perishable food items as part of a food drive to support the Chester County Food Bank.