Catholic Charities has always been blessed with a strong donor base. In fact, there were more calls from donors wanting to donate their household items than there were clients that could use the items. In July 2003, Catholic Charities made the decision to open a thrift store to sell excess items to the public with proceeds going directly back to the agency.
With a group of about 20 volunteers, TurnStyles Thrift Store in Overland Park opened in 2004. A second TurnStyles location in Olathe opened in 2011, celebrating with a grand opening on May 14, 2011. The Olathe store lends a hand to southern Johnson County residents and drums up more funds to help our neighbors in need.
“TurnStyles is a true success story because of the community’s generosity,” said Jan Lewis, former President and CEO, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. “Our volunteers give us their precious time, our donors give new life to all of their excess items and our shoppers financially support our programs. We are very grateful to have the community behind our stores.”