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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

Change is Growth

Over the last nine years, Treasures & Such has evolved and changed as requirements from the government and the needs of participants at SBEC have evolved and changed.

Volunteer in Bloom

For the past 20 years, Sue and Geoff McCreary have been turning their outdoor living space at their North East home into a series of beautiful gardens. For the last seven of those years, Sue has taken time from her work at home to volunteer at Treasures & Such, a store for participants in St. Benedict Education Center’s job assistance program.

A Photo Essay: Bicycle repair came "Rolling 2" us

Bicycle repair came “Rolling 2” us.

Current Happenings

Treasures & Such: What"s Happening? Why?

Garden Conversation

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.  

Treasures & Such volunteer Sue McCreary hosted store volunteers for a simple mid-day “Garden Party”.  All who were available to attend agreed that enjoying the beauty of the gardens and relaxing with each other while sharing a potluck lunch was a satisfying way to enrich the work relationship they have already developed through the years.

Halloween costumes for the children of SBEC participants, along with a few seasonal decorations, were offered by Treasures & Such.  Families from St.Luke Catholic School, Erie, shared a wide array of costumes with SBEC families, many of them still in packages.  There was a lot of excitement and satisfaction as shoppers and store volunteers carefully selected items that matched the needs of SBEC families.

A second special sale was offered in November.  Thanks to the residents of Mount Saint Benedict a large donation of winter items was made available to SBEC families.  Winter sweaters, coats and jackets, fleece tops, and boots were available for purchase with Benny Bucks.  Hats, scarves and gloves plus some bedding were also available.  Store volunteers who worked the three days of the sale commented that they helped some shoppers select gifts for their mothers, grandmothers, and aunts, as well as for themselves and their children.

In the coming months the store will continue to be open once or twice a week, offering incentive items for the participants to “purchase” with their Benny Bucks.  Special events will also be planned as needs and opportunities present themselves.  

Are there identifiable values that give insight into why the volunteers of Treasures & Such do what they do?  The answer seems to be “Yes”.  As noted in the story on the main page one can discern :
    --- A respect for people and relational interactions whether the person is part of the staff, a volunteer, participant, or visitor.  

    --- A recognition that families are important.  

    --- A quiet enthusiasm present among the volunteers that is rooted in a commitment and a belief in the participants.

For a fuller consideration of these values go to the story on the main page of the SBEC website.

What will Treasures & Such be doing in the coming months?  Watch and see.  Why will we be doing this?  Because of the beliefs and values that motivate us.

A Garden Party FeastFinding Halloween TreasuresSelecting a Special Costume
A Vibrant Color for WinterWarm Bedding for WinterA Perfect Fit for Winter Weather
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