Published Wednesday, 03 October 2012
Joy Allen and Charlene Harwood,the Simon Community NI, in the new store. (© Simon Community)
The Simon Community NI is celebrating opening the doors of a new store in Belfast city centre to raise funds for the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless.
Joy Allen, chair of the organisation, said that the tough economic climate is a reminder that most people are just a few pay cheques away from the risk of losing the roof over their head.
The store, which is located on Botanic Avenue, is home to the clothes, furniture and bric-a-brac that keen recessionistas love to snap up.
Ms Allen continued: "We're delighted to have a high profile presence in the heart of the city's 'student land' and we're looking forward to doing business not only with budget conscious students, but with lots of other canny shoppers who are discovering the delights of snapping up a recycled bargain while at the same time helping others."
She believes the impact of the economic downturn is encouraging the public to think more deeply about issues relating to homelessness.
Ms Allen added: "We'll have a special welcome for anyone who is willing to volunteer even a few hours of their time each week.
"We depend on volunteer support and fundraised income for all the vital services for individuals, families and young people we provide - including our the Rent & Deposit Bond scheme, Harm Reduction Service, Homelessness Prevention Programme and our Freephone 24/7 helpline."
Simon Community NI telephone: 028 90 232882