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Power Of The Dream Inc/Handmeups Thrift

Rating: 5 stars   35 reviews 662

Nonprofit Issues:

Job Training

Address:

12736 Waterman Drive Raleigh NC 27614 USA

Mission:

Advocacy and creating jobs for adults with autism and/or other Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in the Raleigh Triangle area.

Results:

At the present time our non-profit thrift store, HANDmeUPs is providing paid internship for 15 individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities and additional 5 are planned within another month, thereby making our vision a reality! We are providing space in the store for micro-enterprises run by individuals with developmental disabilities. We partner with other non-profits to make the best use of donations brought into our store. In addition, The Power of the Dream, Inc. is working hard to educate the community and businesses about customized employment for adults with autism and other intellectual developmental disabilities.

Target demographics:

with advocacy and creating jobs for adults with autism and/or other Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in the Triangle

Direct beneficiaries per year:

individuals with opportunities to learn important job related skills.

Geographic areas served:

Raleigh, NC

Programs:

Operating a non-profit thrift store, HANDmeUPs Thrift, which gives volunteer and paid employment opportunities to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. In addition, enabling micro-enterprises for individuals within the thrift store setting.

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(919) 876-5750
www.thepowerofthedream.org

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Reviews for Power Of The Dream Inc/Handmeups Thrift

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The selection of merchandise is good, the store is clean and organized, and the staff are very nice. I donate my used items here because I like to support a good cause.

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1 person found this review helpful

This thrift store is fantastic! They care about their employees and it shows. Everyone there is helpful and has a smile and the merchandise is high quality and organized!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

HandmeUps Thrift Store is a dream come true where people with disabilities are treated with dignity and respect and have the opportunity to work which brings an income, social outlet, and self esteem. Great job Jeff and Gena.

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3 people found this review helpful

Absolutely my favorite thrift store in the area. It's the only one I donate to and buy from. I love talking with the staff and am very proud of their hard work. I have never seen clothing so organized in a thrift store in my life. The pricing is reasonable and you can see where your money/donations are going when you talk with the employees. I get compliments on the outfits I get from there. Very easy to donate at the back door too. They are always ready to help you unload your car and write you a receipt.

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1 person found this review helpful

I am so impressed with the work Power of the Dream is doing. Not only does the thrift store provide employment and dignity for individuals with disabilities, the Power of the Dream team is working with the community to educate and partner with local businesses to create training and employment opportunities for more people with disabilities. Through the PowerUp Inclusive Employment Task Force, they are reaching out to the community at large to identify programs already in place and to join forces with other nonprofits, educational resources, businesses, and individuals to make an important difference in Wake County and beyond.

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1 person found this review helpful

As a mom of 2 special needs children who are in their teens, I am thrilled with the opportunities HANDmeUPs is offering to so many who would not have an option for employment otherwise. I am in awe of their determination and perseverance with the store! We need more businesses like this in our communities!

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2 people found this review helpful

Love to shop there. I've gotten some of the best clothes there that I wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise. Love Erin at the front register. She is the nicest person, always smiling and friendly.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 people found this review helpful

I've been shopping thrift stores for over three decades. This nonprofit has an awesome mission! It gave me goosebumps when I heard about it. I appreciate what's being done for individuals with disabilities. I have two children on the spectrum and I hope by the time they grow up that this type of organization becomes a trend! People with compassion, unconditional acceptance, and a welcoming heart need to step up and run this planet! It's not just about profits, we are so done with that! Instead of focusing on money, money, money, alone, we (every human being!) all need to make sure everyone is well taken care of. This organization sets a perfect example. Thank you!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...want it close by to where I live so I can visit on a regular basis!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 people found this review helpful

Love the mission of this organization. I know for a fact that my donations to The Power of the Dream and HANDmeUPs are going directly to the employment of people with autism and/or IDD. They are very responsible with the money you give.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 people found this review helpful

After spending most of life empowering individuals with disabilities ,finally there's a place where they can feel whole. Great job Hand me ups we need more business owners like you!!!!!!!!!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more federal funding.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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