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POWER OF THE DREAM INC/HANDmeUPs Thrift

Rating: 4.91 stars   44 reviews 1,310

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).

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(919) 876-5750
www.thepowerofthedream.org

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Reviews for POWER OF THE DREAM INC/HANDmeUPs Thrift

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

3 people found this review helpful

"Hand me-Ups" is the only Thrift Store I donate my recyclable items to and the only Thrift Store I shop at.
This store is welcoming with a friendly staff. Also very clean & well organized.
Good marketing skills with special sales & a monthly 20% discount coupon to encourage shoppers to re-visit.

I am retired Special Ed. teacher. My goal was to prepare my students to reach their potential at their level of capability.

It gives me great joy when I am at "Hand me-Ups" to observe so many special needs people working there in various capacities, as they are productively reaching their potential.

I encourage my family & friends to donate to Hand me -Ups & shop there too.
God Bless.






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

I am impressed with the job they are presently doing.

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?

2015

 
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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2 people found this review helpful

I love Hand Me Ups! It is the most well organized thrift store I have been to, and I've been to a lot! I always find something good. I enjoy talking to the employees. They are all so sweet and seem so proud to be working. I tell people about Hand Me Ups all the time. Thank you for the wonderful work you do!

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

HandmeUps is a very nice thrift store in a convenient location in Raleigh. The store is very clean and organized and the staff is especially nice and helpful. Their purpose is to provide jobs and help autistic and other people with developmental delays. I highly recommend this store for interesting items. Who knows, one man's trash is another man's treasure.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Great store, friendly people. This is a real charity doing important work.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Whenever I come to the store, I am greeted by very friendly cashiers and staff. The store is always clean and exceptionally well stocked. The prices are very reasonable. I recently bought 6 large comforters for a storage place for only $20. One of the staff members with intellectual disabilities asked if I needed help to get these to my car and he walked all the way across the parking lot with me to help with the bulky merchandise. Love the mission of the store: To provide training and employment opportunities for adults with autism/IDD!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

As a parent of a young adult with autism, I fully support in all ways this amazing store. They employ individuals with Autism, giving them valuable work experience, as well as a sense of fulfillment and valued members of the community.

As a shopper, the store always has a variety of items -so fun to browse and truly embodies what you think of when you hear the term "thrift store" - variety of items and incredible value. Signing up for monthly discounts is nice bonus... but prices are so good, don't really need it! (but love it - hope they keep it!)

I encourage everyone to shop, donate and support this amazing effort - Handmeups Thrift is amazing!! I will continue to spread the word - this place beats a goodwill store!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Really great thrift store; good selection and fair prices; staff is very helpful.

 
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3 people 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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