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Karibu Thrift Store Move

$510 of $30k goal

Raised by 8 people in 6 months
Vivian Stephens Keels  Scarborough, ON
For 23 months Karibu Thrift Store has operated out of 3537 B St Clair Ave East in Scarborough. Over that time, we have provided employment to 8 individuals, paid work experience opportunities to an additional 6 people and we have provided ongoing volunteer  opportunities to 6 young people with autism. This was done with support from the community in the form of tangible donations  and financial support exclusively from its owner. 

As any one who has started a business  will tell you, it takes times for the business to become self sustaining. We are no different. In  2 years, thanks to the generous support from you the community, our friends and supporters , we have developed a vast inventory of quality merchandise. The process of steam cleaning clothing, sorting, grading, cleaning, pricing and displaying  your donations has provided meaningful work and ongoing opportunities  for my employees and volunteers .

In order to supplement in store revenues we have an active Facebook page where new products are listed, EBay, Twitter, Instagram, a newly opened Etsy  store and a static website. 

Our location in South Scarborough has served us as much as it could. The time has come to move. Since we receive no grants or subsidies from the government, it is up to me, the owner,  to finance the move. My family and I believe in Karibu Thrift   Store  and have invested to keep it going to this point. My dream is that the community also belives in the mission and will invest in its future by supporting its move to a larger location. 

The goal of $30000 will be used to secure a new lease, buy equipment and finance the logistics of moving. 

Our lease expires  at the end of this year  and I would like to give my employees and volunteers the gift of meaningful employment and continued vocational opportunities   in 2017 and beyond.  Please support my dream and donate and share this campaign.
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Update 8
Posted by Vivian Keels
4 months ago
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This is our final week of business for 2016! Everything in the store is on sale this week and we will be packing up and moving out until we find a new location in 2017.

I would like to thank all our regular customers, regular donors, family, friends and our magnificent employees and volunteers who made Karibu Thrift Store what it is today. Joel, Palash, Randy, Erica, Brandon, Michael, Jeffrey, Mark, Justin, Nat, Tony and all the work experience employees who passed through our store over the past 2 years, we thank you for choosing us and supporting us.

Although we had some success, our location limited our exposure and we hope to remedy this in 2017 with your help. Please consider a donation to our GoFundMe Campaign so that we can continue to bring quality items at fantastic prices while providing employment and vocational experience to individuals who face barriers to employment.

Thank you and have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and Happy Holidays to all!


Vivian Keels
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Update 7
Posted by Vivian Keels
5 months ago
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Did you know that Ontario is eliminating provincially funded sheltered workshops? There are no new admissions into these programs and Developmental Service Organizations will help people leaving high school find volunteer, skills building and employment opportunities.

If When Karibu Thrift Store is operating in a larger location, we could offer opportunities that are in line with individual goals and skill set. We provide an environment that is unique. A clean store filled with unique items and a supportive work environment where people feel valued.

A donation to the “Karibu Thrift Store Move” fund is an investment in someone's future.

Thank you for your generosity.
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Update 6
Posted by Vivian Keels
5 months ago
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We are in the final weeks of business in our South Scarborough location. For the employees and volunteers it is bitter sweet as we are confident that we will have a new location in 2017 we just don't know where that is yet.

Our volunteer Mark says he enjoys coming to Karibu to keep the clothing racks neat. Mark takes pride in knowing that for 2 hours each week, his work contributes to the overall look of our store.

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - Laozi
We are a small business that has had a small impact in the community and lives of a few people but as we grow, our impact will grow with us. Please help us impact the community with your donation to our move fund.

Remember, your contribution can also be used to get discounts in store. See previous update.

Thank you for your generousity!
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Update 5
Posted by Vivian Keels
5 months ago
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I would like to make an offer to my friends and supporters.
If you donate to the Karibu Thrift Store Move fund, you will get
10% OFF any purchase with a $50 contribution
20% OFF any purchase with a $100 contribution and
40% OFF any purchase with $200 and above contribution.
This special offer is available for in store or online items.

Thank you for your support. Please consider a donation to secure the future of our unique store.
Message me if you have questions or would like more information about the store.
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$510 of $30k goal

Raised by 8 people in 6 months
Created October 23, 2016
Vivian Stephens Keels  
$25
Anonymous
4 months ago
VG
$50
Vicky Garbutt
4 months ago
MO
$50
Moremi Omotoso
5 months ago

The work you do is so important! Good luck.

MB
$25
Mary Lynne Biener
5 months ago

Good luck!!!

$100
Anonymous
6 months ago
SC
$60
Stephanie Conant
6 months ago

I wish you all the best with the move Vivian!

$100
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6 months ago
$100
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6 months ago
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