POWER OF THE DREAM INC/HANDmeUPs Thrift

Rating: 5 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Job Training

Location: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person 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.

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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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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

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2014

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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.

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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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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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HANDmeUPs is everything a non-profit should be. Dedicated to their mission and the integrity of their work, they not only help the people they employ and the community which they serve -they help all of us grow to be better people by association. If you've never visited - stop in and ask them to explain what they do . . .it is a mesmerizing experience!

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

There's nothing to change!

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

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2014

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1 person found this review helpful

Built on a strong and genuine desire to make a difference.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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The nicest thrift store in Raleigh. I have found some very nice clothes as well as many other items here. Book selection is very good. Prices are excellent. Staff is friendly. I go in at least once a week to see what new treasures I might find.

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

A lot

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2014

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HandMeUps creates vital jobs for adults with disabilities while offering great clothing and other gently used items for purchase. Their business model is a win-win for all: affordable goods for consumers and jobs for those who are often overlooked by employers.

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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Love this store. I try to stop in at least every other week. I find great bargins and the main reason I keep coing back is the fantastic staff. The positive energy is great. They sell art created by people with IDD, and they employee adults with IDD. The empowerment they foster is truely a gift. In a society where adults with autism and/or other Intellectual Developmental Disabilities are often ignored or forgetten, Jeff and Gena provide a great hope and skills needed for these adults.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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2014

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One of North Raleigh's hidden gems! A wonderful thrift store with friendly staff, a great selection and very fair prices. If you haven't heard of Hand Me Up's you really should stop and check it out. They are making a difference in our community in so many ways. I look forward to stopping by. You will not be disappointed.

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

Expand! We need more great stores like this one.

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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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