It all began about eight years ago, as oil was cleaned and scraped off the walls of an old machinery building in Mason. There was an idea, one driven by passion for the needy and the suffering, to make an impact both locally and globally.
Over time, that old machine shop was turned into New2You thrift store, located at 408 Fourth Ave. in downtown Mason. It’s now serving Mason and other local communities by offering gently used clothing, shoes, home appliances and décor, accessories and sports equipment at affordable prices.
New2You was founded as what’s called a “biznistry” by a local organization, Self-Sustaining Enterprises (SSE). As a combination of business and ministry, New2You gives back 100 percent of its profits to various needs around the world. SSE is able to offer monthly sponsorship to missionaries and orphaned children, and also give funds to building projects, educational supplies, clean water well drilling and other needs that arise through partnered organizations working to better the lives of people around the world.
“Lives have been changed, on both ends. We are thrilled to see the results of our hard work by witnessing the impact that our giving has on so many people. Kids can now go to school; whole villages have clean water; orphans now have a place to call home. It’s really incredible,” said Pete West, SSE director.
SSE also encourages and helps to support its staff to take trips to various countries to which it has given aid. West has visited multiple locations in Mexico and Nigeria. Assistant director Rachel Pitman has been to Kenya and various cities in Mexico. New2You manager Cat Dawson just returned from India, and assistant manager Lauren Mead led a trip to Monterrey, Mexico, this past June.
“The shopping experience at New2You is really neat, because you aren’t just shopping, you’re supporting an amazing cause. And while there you hear stories from the management about the children and families they’ve had the pleasure to meet while serving abroad. It’s such an encouraging atmosphere,” said Pitman.
New2You has recently undergone a total transformation and added “The Vintage Room,” a boutique-style shop that features one-of-a-kind items and artwork from recent times and decades ago.
New2You will hold a grand opening from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. There will be free food and activities as well as sales.