Old Town Mission, Mission Thrift Store begin plans to move to single location

Old Town Mission General Manager Jill Sweet (right) and Executive Director Kellie Wilson. VVN/Halie Chavez

Old Town Mission General Manager Jill Sweet (right) and Executive Director Kellie Wilson. VVN/Halie Chavez

COTTONWOOD – The realtor signs outside of the Old Town Mission are not a signal the services are closing, according to General Manager Jill Sweet.

Rather, the plan is for the Old Town Mission and the Mission Thrift Store at SR. 89A and Mingus Avenue to move into one central location to improve upon the expansion of services.

The current services provided to the community will continue uninterrupted.

“As this exciting new season unfolds, we will do our very best to keep everyone informed with the progress and details of our move,” a statement issued by the Mission said.

A potential new location has not yet been identified, but ideally, it would be larger with enough space for the expansion as well as more parking, according to Sweet.

“We’ve always had the desire to be all together – we can bless the community and do more things if we’re in one location,” Executive Director Kellie Wilson says.

The thrift store has over 22 employees, many of those part-time through the mission’s second chance program. By consolidating locations, the hope is to cross-train volunteers and employees to work both sides of the mission, according to Sweet.

“It’s all about neighbors helping neighbors,” said Wilson.

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