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Treasures & Such Participant Store

As a way of encouraging and acknowledging the accomplishments of the  participants in our program at SBEC they can earn “Benny Bucks” for achieving their goals and meeting weekly requirements. They use these bucks to “purchase” items in our store, Treasures & Such.  We are dependent on the generosity of people like you to help us keep the store stocked.

The majority of our participants are women and men from the United States in need of a more stable economic situation.  Their situations vary. Some have lost their jobs because of down-sizing. Some are trying to return to the labor force after being out of it, for various reasons. Some are trying to create a new and more positive work pattern or history. We continue to have a few refugees in our program. They, too, are preparing for work.

The participants are trying to begin again, and they need support and encouragement. Treasures & Such is one way we try to offer this. Thank you for helping us provide some of the basic items they need to make their daily life a little easier. Thank you for adding a touch of beauty to their lives.

Donations needed for Treasures & Such

Are you moving or downsizing? Do you know someone who is moving or downsizing? Or maybe you are “spring cleaning” and wish to part with unwanted items.

You can help others in need with your donations of household items and personal care items to our “store” – Treasures & Such. Our Wish List identifies donations we especially welcome.

We cannot use the following items: Electronics, books, pillows, bedding, soiled or torn clothing, items not in good working condition, large appliances, large furniture, toy guns and other violent toys/games. Please understand that it is a hardship and expense for us to dispose of these unwelcomed items.

CLICK HERE to inquire about making a donation.

Wish List for Treasures & Such

Cups and mugs
Pots and pans
Small appliances (toasters, coffeemakers, etc.)
Children’s clothes and toys
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Facial tissues

Volunteer at Treasures & Such

Consider sharing in our ministry at SBEC by becoming a volunteer in our store, Treasures & Such. We can surely use your help.

Responsibilities of the store volunteer

  • To work with a couple other volunteers in the store the days it is open
  • To interact with our participants as they shop or as they help in the store
  • To sort and price items in our storage areas, preparing them to “be sold” in the store when needed
  • To work at our check-out table: Writing down the purchases made by our customers, taking the money (Benny Bucks) and giving change, bagging the items….
  • If interested and available serve on a committee to address a particular need or project

Hours are 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Monthly schedules are created around volunteer availability.
One, two, three, four times a month……Whatever a person can offer would be appreciated.

CLICK HERE for a Volunteer Interest Form


Recent Happenings

"At home" with volunteers

"At home" with volunteers

The volunteers at Treasures & Such offer energy, creativity, and enthusiasm to SBEC through their commitment to the store.  Their absence these past months has been obvious; their presence has been missed.

What has life been like for them during these weeks of “staying home”?

Everyone needs affirmation

This story was prepared prior to the COVID-19 crisis.  We wish everyone well:  Stay healthy; Be gentle with youself and others.  From our own SBEC family to yours, Peace.

Everyone needs affirmation.  At St. Benedict Education Center, besides verbal affirmations, several levels of tangible affirmation have been established.

Stephanie Krauza, MSW, Program Director, was responsible for organizing and refining SBEC’s use of incentives to enhance their effectiveness.  She explains that offering incentives is to encourage participants to learn the skills needed to successfully interview for, obtain and maintain a job.  The value of the incentive increases as the skill developed requires a greater degree of responsibility or accountability.

Treasures & Such: What"s Happening? Why?

Treasures & Such continues to be a center of activity at SBEC.  Store volunteers planned a couple of events to address particular needs of participants and their families.   A special occasion for the workers was also offered.  

Current Happenings

Treasures & Such: What's happening?

What's happening?

Many people are asking about Treasures & Such, Saint Benedict Education Center’s “incentive store”.  Is it open?  Will it open?  What is happening now in the store?  Are you taking donations?

The store is not open at the present time.  It will re-open at some point, in a way that reflects the daily operations at SBEC.  Currently, most of the interaction between participants and case managers, instructors, and other staff is by phone and on-line – remotely.  When a client comes to meet with their case manager or an instructor at SBEC the interaction is pre-arranged, by appointment, and carefully controlled.   Very specific and detailed protocols are followed by both staff and client.  [See “From the inside” from the Story Archive on SBEC website.]

One of the conversations taking place now concerning the store’s re-opening is how to arrange for the availability of scheduled store volunteers that intersect with the availability of a participant.  A significant component of this is the rapidly changing situations we face.  Will the schools be open or not?  Does a client still have a job?  Can they accept an offer of employment?  Are they preparing to be evicted? How and where is the virus spreading?  What directives are being offered by the State?   All of this and much more impact a participant’s presence at SBEC – which also impacts their availability to shop at the store.  How does this interface with the presence of a store volunteer?

Specific protocols for the store are also being developed.  These are using the basic pattern for the agency with additional details that pertain specifically to store operations.  Questions dealing with the use of Benny Bucks (SBEC”s token economy system), the types of items available in the store that can be sanitized easily after each shopper, and how to arrange a volunteer/shopping schedule are some of the concerns that are being addressed.  There are many others.

Another larger question is that of incentives.  Great care was given to create an “incentive program” that acknowledged the accomplishments of SBEC clients and offered encouragement in incremental and relevant ways.  [See “Everyone needs affirmation” from the Story Archive on SBEC website.]  How can this be done now in our current reality?  Credit to be used for shopping in Treasures & Such is a piece of this broader incentive question that is being considered.

Returning to the question, “Is the store open?”  No, but it will be once the organizational details are completed and a plan can be implemented that, as much as possible, can offer a safe interaction.  

Donations?  We are not accepting anything at the present time.  When we do accept donations in the future we will only take “hard-surface” items that can easily be sanitized.  If you have such items to donate now and can store them for a future time please do.  This would be greatly appreciated.  

Treasures & Such will open again – though we know not when.  What is known is that the store will be open in a new and different way and that it will continue to respond to the basic needs of SBEC participants.  To a large extent your interest and support make this possible.  Thank you. 


Welcome to Treasures & SuchVolunteers who worked on COVID-19  store protocolsTaking a break from writing COVID-19 store protocols
One of the happy shoppersOne of the store volunteersA popular item from the store
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