Repurposed and More in Angels Camp opened its doors in December with a community-based vision to help those in need.

Managed and owned by Mother Lode Relief and Assistance, a nonprofit organization with the motto “Offering a hand up,” Repurposed and More offers 6,000-square-feet of thrift store finds as well as art, vintage furniture and collectibles.

“This is a way to facilitate MLRA, a way to help us realize a dream for us and the community,” explained MLRA President Marcia Thompson.

The thrift store will help the nonprofit generate income, which will help it continue to be able to offer job training, creative workshops, resume and interview counseling, wardrobe and job referrals, employment opportunities and outreach.

“We hope to fill the needs of those who have fallen on hard times within the community,” stated MLRA Executive Director Laura Scott. “Our focus is on helping people.”

Since MLRA’s inception in 2016, the organization has assisted 54 people within the community with job placement.

“We have created some wonderful entrepreneurs, too,” boasted Scott.

While protecting the names of clients, Scott was able to reiterate the success story of one young man who came to MLRA for help.

“This young man had fallen on hard times. With our help and guidance, he now has relationships with his family, custody of his children and gainful employment with his own business.”

Scott hopes that with the added income from the thrift store that MLRA will also be able to offer scholarships for those in need of alcohol or substance abuse treatment as well as transitional housing.

Volunteers are needed and donations are gladly accepted at Repurposed and More, 300 N. Main St. (Highway 49), Angels Camp. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 822-3270 for more.

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