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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


Current Happenings

Bright and Beautiful

Bright and Beautiful

It’s been a whole new experience for shoppers at the Treasures & Such store since renovations were completed in autumn of 2017.
Volunteers recently put the finishing touches on the work by painting new shelving units and tables that were added to display more merchandise in the store.
The improvements made in late 2017 included new carpeting, newly painted walls,  flooring for storage and stock rooms, LED lighting, window treatments, and new tables to display items for sale.
Sister Dorothy Stoner, coordinator of Treasures & Such activities, said the store’s new look fits in with the ongoing upkeep of St. Benedict Education Center. “We wanted it to be bright and beautiful for the shoppers and the volunteers,” Sister Dorothy said. “It gives us a different feel.”
A committee that included volunteers Tish Szczesny and Sheila Brugger researched possibilities for the windows and came up with a plan to make the store brighter and morecolorful.
“We all decided we needed something light, bright and fun to look at,” Tish said. After Tish and Sheila saw the beautiful woodwork around the windows, they decided not to cover it up. They chose colorful valances instead of curtains, and a frosted treatment for the bottom of the windows for privacy . “We all thought a lot of color in the valances would be pretty to look at and give us an accent color on the shelves to tie it all together,” Tish said.
Volunteers who work at the store painted the shelves and tables aqua blue, a color taken from the valances, and then more shelves and tables were painted and added earlier this year. “When our shoppers come in, the color we painted the shelves makes the room pop,” Tish said. “I also think the extra light from the windows makes the store look very clean and inviting.”
The manner in which items are displayed can also make a big difference, according to Sheila. She enjoys changing the displays often to keep things fresh with a new look. “It’s called retail appeal,” Sheila said. “You have to display your items in a way that makes it more appealing and so shoppers can more easily see what’s available.”
As for the items available in the store, Tish said she is constantly amazed at the quality of things people donate. “We are fortunate to have such generous donors,” Tish said. “It is always nice to hear from the shoppers about how they can use some of the items they purchase.”
The goal now for Sister Dorothy is to keep the store looking fresh and inviting and have quality items available for shoppers. “We want them to maintain a sense of what’s pretty and beautiful, and to be able to add a touch of beauty to their homes,” Sister Dorothy said. “Coming into our bright and beautiful store touches their spirits.”

Paul and Karen Groucutt paintingJudy Mastrian joins Karen and PaulTish Szczesny cleaning up
Colorful door valence
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Recent Happenings

Food Stamps Have Limitations for Shoppers

A Happy Shopper

A Purse Raffle?

Treasures and Such volunteers

What better way to entice participants to shop than to have an unannounced  “purse raffle” every couple weeks. And not just any purse; beautiful ones filled with wonderful personal items.  In addition, the raffle tickets are free – given to each person who comes into the store, Treasures & Such.