Lincoln Mission Mart Opens New Location and Launches New Programs
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[May 28, 2014]
LINCOLN - Home Sweet Home Ministries
will be celebrating the grand opening of its new Lincoln Mission
Mart location on Friday, May 30th starting with a ribbon cutting and
dedication at 8:00 a.m. The new store will be located at 119 N.
Sangamon St in Lincoln. But a new store location is not the only
change that Home Sweet Home Ministries hopes to bring Lincoln and
Logan County. The organization will also launch a new employment
training program called Jobs for Life as part of its expanded
outreach work with the community.
“Home Sweet Home has been part of Lincoln for 20 years via our
Mission Mart store. We have been helping meet the needs of our
Lincoln neighbors with clothing during emergencies as well as
Thanksgiving meals in partnership with local churches. We see the
tremendous assets this community has to fight homelessness and
poverty.” explains Matt Burgess Chief Operating Officer for Home
Sweet Home Ministries. “When we were considering broadening our
programs in Lincoln and Logan County the first thing we asked was
‘what else does Lincoln need?’ We met with community stakeholders
and they talked about jobs. So that is why we decided to focus our
first service expansion area on that,” adds Burgess.
The Jobs for Life program provides a unique training opportunity for
employment seekers because of its emphasis on partnership with local
employers who are invited to be part of the skills development
classes. Employers also agree to provide program graduates with
interview experience. Participants partner with a “champion” who
mentors them during the training program.
Home Sweet Home Ministries has shown its commitment to the community
by purchasing the building that the new Lincoln Mission Mart will
occupy. Moving forward the building will serve as the hub for
programs in Lincoln and Logan County as well as a location for its
HSHRenew recycling services.
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Home Sweet Home Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit,
nondenominational Christian organization serving homeless and
low income individuals and families in the Bloomington Normal
area through a variety of programs. Home Sweet Home operates the
Mission Mart Thrift Stores in Bloomington and Lincoln Illinois.
Home Sweet Home provides numerous services 24 hours daily, 365
days a year and has been since 1917. Visit
for more information.
[Text received; MATT DRAT, HOME SWEET