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ROI Thrift Store Opening Soon

 

January 31, 2018 | View PDF

Pictured are (L-R) Nikki Hall, Anne Niestler, Vickie Hoffman, Megan Erickson and Stephanie Gomez who took a break to say hello. (Photo by Jaymi Loobey)

In the second week of February, a new store with a diverse selection of goods will be brightening Sidney's streets. The ROI Second Opportunity Store will be opening its doors in just a few short weeks. It will be located at 108 4th St. SE in the building previously occupied by the Sunrise Music Store. When asked, store manager Vicki Hoffman stated that a definite first day has not yet been decided but, once open, the store's hours will be Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. They may, eventually, open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. but not at first. The store will be supplied with donations from the community and staffed by ROI's clients and direct care professionals. They already have been supplied with more than enough brand name clothing but also wish to offer housewares, glassware, baby items, books and home décor for sale. They will be taking over the Free Store from the Lonsdale Methodist Church as well. The Free Store will most likely be held after hours by appointment.

Vicki seems to be excited about the store and told me "I think it's going to be a fun store." ROI's funding has been cut recently and they are hoping the store will bring in money to help support their programs but it will do much more. This store will offer a way for developmentally challenged adults to get out in the community and acquire new skills. It already has been encouraging community service in Sidney's high school students. The store exhibits glass shelving, walls, and a shoe display built and donated by the Sidney High School shop class.

Currently, ROI has a recycling and a cleaning business that is also operated by their clients and direct care professionals. Several of their clients also work in the community at other area businesses. Richland Opportunities Inc. has been assisting developmentally challenged adults in Sidney, Montana since 1979.

 

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