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POWER OF THE DREAM INC/HANDmeUPs Thrift

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Employment, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

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).

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Power of the Dream Inc/HANDmeUps Thrift is a wonderful organization that serves the NC Triangle community. We provide information, advocacy, and effective resources that facilitate employment opportunities for adults with autism and IDD. I am very proud to be a part of this organization and excited about engaging the community, local employers and community partners to fully realize our vision.

The thrift store is a a fun, friendly environment with great service. You will not leave there disappointed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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OrahR 09/13/2016

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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OrahR 09/01/2016

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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/

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OrahR 09/01/2016

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

"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.






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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!