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POWER OF THE DREAM INC/HANDmeUPs Thrift

Rating: 4.92 stars   52 reviews 1,541

Address:

8320 Litchford Rd., Suite 120 Raleigh NC 27615 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 employment for 21 individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities, 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 a number of other non-profits in the Triangle area 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 work at our nonprofit thrift store and learn valuable job skills and other skills that will enable them to continue to work in the community.

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. - Initiating a Power UP Inclusive Employment Task Force with a goal towards creating a pilot program for customized employment (initially limited to workers with autism and/or intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD).

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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

I think about half of my clothes and kitchen supplies are from HandmeUps. I can spend hours there and have no idea where the time went. I think it's because I feel so welcome to take my time and explore. Everyone is just so nice. I'm a college student, so I'm always looking for a good deal on something that feels fresh and fun. I rarely leave disappointed or empty-handed. I just love them.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for your review, we're so pleased you love shopping at HANDmeUPs Thrift! Tell your friends!!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

HANDmeUPs Thrift offers the best value in an inviting inclusive atmosphere and three years strong!! - Employment is crucial for individuals with autism &/or other intellectual developmental disabilities. This store and the additional collaborative work of The Power of the Dream team exemplifies the dedication to increasing employment in the Triangle to meet this targeted high need. I feel privileged to be a part of this effort and honored to be a part of this AMAZING TEAM!!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have been in the HandMeUps thrift store many times. I always find something I need. I love the store and the service is great. The folks are so friendly and helpful. I will continue to visit several times a month.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This is place is where I love to take anything that is worth donating. The staff is always super friendly and helpful. The store is organized to make it easy to find anything. I know that all donations go right back into their mission.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you so much for your kind words. We appreciate your time in writing this review and your patronage!

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This Thrift store is more then just a Great Nonprofit. It is a place for people to go and be appreciated for who they are, and an opportunity to help support equality and fairness. I have always felt so welcomed by all of the employees. It is a wonderful store with a mission to help create the future today. Not only does this Great Non-profit support jobs for all people, but it creates a space where customers, volunteers and employees can feel good about who they are, no matter what personal obstacles they might face. Specifically by creating jobs and advocating for adults with Autism and/or IDD in the Triangle. I have gone in to this place distraught about my problems, and just by walking around and engaging with staff, have felt my worries lifted . The items are reused and recycled, this also benefits the planet. It's a Win! Win! Win! Great People with Great Purpose!! Check them out. Gena Brown the Director- has a heart of gold! Power of the Dream is making a difference, creating the future today!!

Check out their website for more information
http://www.thepowerofthedream.org/projects/handmeups-thrift-store/

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?

2016

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you so very much for this thoughtful review, we couldn't have written it better ourselves! Were so glad you find the store to be a win-win for you, the employees and the customers!

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is a great business to support! The people are super friendly and helpful and the prices are great!

You know that "other store" we all shop at... where they yell at you if you look at something on one of their racks... Well, Hand Me Ups lets you look and buy right off the racks and carts they are putting out. SHOCKING I KNOW.

You know how at the "other store" only a few of the people are nice, they usually seem overworked and grumpy...Not at Hand Me Ups, they have always been super friendly and easy-going.

At the "other store" if you need to set something down so you can shop some more, good luck with that, you'll get the stink eye and be told, "we can't do that". Hand Me Ups has a hold shelf. Can you imagine? What will they think of next.

The "other store" I go to often locks some of the dressing rooms... Hand Me Ups has two nice big ones with a chair and plenty, PLENTY of hanging space.

I could go on and on but really this is a wonderful place with wonderful people.

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?

2016

 
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1 person found this review helpful

HandMeUps Thrift is my absolute favorite place to shop! I run a preschool and can always find items I need at a price I can actually afford. Thank you Thank you! We love you HandMeUps!!!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Holy cow! I am impressed every time I visit this thrift store. No, it's not the incredible selection of quality finds. No, it's not the low prices. No, it's not the cleanliness. It's the genuine care that the all staff has for others. Some of the staff have disabilities, but through this store, they are learning and have learned how to interact with the public in a positive way. Yes, the store has great product at a great price, but the real deal about this place is the learning about the diversity of humanity that is going on with all that enter...both the staff with and without disabilties, as well as the customers. Keep it up.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Handsmeup does not only creat job opportunity for young adults with developmental challenges but they also help poor women in Africa put food on their families table by gainfully employed. I shop at Handsmeup regularly and whatever I buy, I send them to Africa to be resold to the public by employing unemployed mothers so that they can raise money to take care of their families.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This nonprofit has been incredibly successful in creating a store in which individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities can get a paid job in their community. The store managers are terrific and the store is huge and provides a wealth of great deals! They accept donations and provide wonderful service to all who enter! I will only donate to this organization!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I stopped by the store to check out the items for sale. Not only were the prices terrific, the store personnel could not have been nicer! And the best part is that they hire people with autism, giving them a chance most employees never do. Great store, great shopping, great for the community!

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

Open more stores!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

After seeing the store when it first opened, I was amazed at the quality of the things sold there, especially some of the furniture. But more importantly, I was surprised to find that the majority of the people who volunteer there have developmental disabilities. I understand it is extremely difficult for them to find employment. I can see how this store gives them a sense of purpose as well as self confidence. My hat is off to this non-profit for recognizing this need and doing something to address it.
So, not only is it a good store to find bargains, but it is helping the community as well.

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

Expand this business model to other businesses in the Raleigh area as well as other areas of the country; maybe even franchise this model and any other models that come about for other businesses that will employ and accept as volunteers, adults with developmental disabilities.

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?

2013

 
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