Have you ever thought…”WOW-those folks at Rustic Restorations are so amazing! Where did they come from and how did they get started”? (insert YES here). We figured you’d say yes, so we thought we’d start off our blogging journey with telling you our story. Let’s start at the very beginning.
Spring Dell Center, Inc. is a non profit organization that was formed before schools were legally required to have programs to serve children with disabilities. They began in a basement of a church, much like a daycare/school type setting. Once laws changed and these children were transitioning into the public schools, Spring Dell Center saw the need to assist the population of those with disabilities who had finished school and were adults. They assist adults with mental and physical disabilities with residential, day and vocational programs. As you can imagine, a lot goes into running these programs and as the years go by, funding received from state and federal funding sources has gotten smaller. To offset the expenses and make programs possible that are “not covered” by state and federal funding Spring Dell Center began operating thrift stores as an additional source of revenue. Spring Dell Center now owns and operates 2 thrift stores to help offset the tremendous cost associated with providing vocational, habilitation and residential services.
Fast forward to 2015…..
Lucky for us, we have staff who are always ready to take things to the next level. In 2015 a dream became reality for 2 employees of Spring Dell Center when they teamed up to open a section in the store restoring and repurposing furniture and other home decor items. The purpose was to keep things out of the landfill and also to make more profit for our non-profit. They envisioned upcycled furniture, rustic home decor, painted and restored furniture, DIY workshops and a place where people can afford to make their house a beautiful home. In the blink of an eye, (remember when we said we were ready to take it to the next level?) Rustic Restorations was born. We are located inside Hooks & Hangers thrift store (yep, we said “that” word…THRIFT STORE. One of my favorite words). We had no idea how quickly we would grow!! Within the first year, we found a paint that we fell madly in love with and now carry Fusion Mineral Paint . Dreams do come true!! We don’t have a carpenter or professional woodworker, just a few people with a passion for making new things out of old and a heart for the folks we support!! People, with and without disabilities work alongside each other to make the stores a success. There is never a dull moment and our creativity is always flowing. Our secret, is really simple, find something you love and you will find success. Work with people you love, and you will never feel like you are working. Rejoice in the little things, because we are surrounded by the little things!!
Something we take for granted everyday, is a miracle to someone else. Don’t take our word for it. Let us introduce you to Kristie. The piece of equipment she is using costs thousands of dollars AND IS NOT budgeted for using any type of funding source. This is why we do what we do. This is why our customers are so important to us. Your support makes things like the walker she is using possible. Who ever thought shopping could truly be so good for the soul? This is our story….
Stay rustic and real my friends.