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Review for Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP), Clearwater, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with HEP began a few years ago when my high school age daughter informed me of her service to the community through HEP. She suggested that I might serve the community through this volunteer outreach. For the last few months I have worked under Merry and Dennis Shaw who head up the thrift store. This ongoing experience exceeds my expectations. During my short time there I have come to appreciate the devotion, committment, and Christian testimony mainly of the two people who manage the work, Mrs. and Mr. Shaw, but also of the entire ministry team. The Shaws not only work hard to provide a clean and well managed store (I have worked retail management in the past so I know the work involved) but the patrons and clients look to them as Christian examples as well as professional store management. Not only is the thrift store a ministry, but practically speaking, it must be operated as a business as well. I am proud to serve with such honest, genuine, caring, examples of Christ's love. I truly believe the thrift store is providing much more than just re-sales of products. The customers get to see first hand how well the whole HEP operates. The team there is a fine example of the most positive aspects of the church in my community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Expert management of retail sales. The service to the community with good products at fair prices.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I came to serve but I feel I have also received friendships from the fellowship there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All the staff members have been very kind to me and everyone, really, and enthusiastic about the work they do. Also they are patient with my physical challenges.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Thrift store cash register operator.