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MCC Thrift on Blackstone is Fresno’s latest Social Enterprise.  Their motto reads “Redeeming Lives and Neighbors.” They are sponsored by F.A.C.E another non-profit here in Fresno that is helping the unemployment rate.

MCC Thrift on Blackstone

Thrift on Blackstone is the latest Social Enterprise here in the city.  Fresno City leads the nation in this style of business.  What is a social enterprise you may be asking?  Not only is it a for-profit business, it has a mission, specifically one of helping people and the environment. The unemployment rate here in Fresno County is usually double the national average.  With these types of businesses, they specialize in helping people that have barriers to employment.  If you have been convicted of a felony or have been incarcerated generally its hard to find work.  MCC Thrift on Blackstone not only hires these people but also provides valuable skills needed in the world.

Who is MCC Thrift on Blackstone

Mennonite Central Committee works around the world.  They specialize in relief, development, and peace in the name of Christ. Nate Yoder explains That the MCC has been in places such as the Congo and Syria recently.  Their crisis response operations generally include food, shelter, blankets and water access. they help to develop wells for clean water and teaching the latest in farming technics to rural farmers.  They talk about how they formed a soccer league in Haiti where rival gangs competed against each other.  This gave them the opportunity to teach peacebuilding skills and how to develop anger management skills.

MCC Thrift in North America

Nate and Ilone tell us that there are over 100 MCC Thrift stores in Canada and the US. Few are on the West Coast.  Fresno is only one of three.  The other two are located in Reedley and Rancho Cucamonga. Ione is the store manager and designed the store to really look more like an Urban Outfitters than an ordinary thrift shop.  When one walks inside they are greeted by reclaimed barn wood with old farm tools being repurposed into decorations.  She explains that the theme of the store is to give dignity to people when they are shopping.  When one donates their items, they can rest assured that they will be treated with the utmost compassion. The location is 6687 N. Blackstone in Fresno. Ilone tells us that just because the store looks retail, the prices are those of thrift store.  Don’t let looks fool you. Give to a store that gives back to society at large.

 

 

 

 

 

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