Originally, the Care Store operated twice a year (from fall 2014 – spring 2017) as a “pop up store” in conjunction with the CCN mobile food pantry. A more permanent method to meeting practical, essential needs in our community was started in October 2017. Currently, The Care Store is now a registered 501 (c)(3). Our guests are served by a primarily volunteer team.
The Care Store provides personal and household care items not eligible for retail purchase with a Bridge Card to individuals in need who have earned Care Bucks from local human services agencies. The number of Care Bucks each individual receives is determined by need and the number of members of their household. Special care is given to Veterans and their families to best serve the needs of those who served our country.
HELP SUPPORT OUR WORK
WHO WE ARE
WHAT WE DO
Providing essential personal and household items to people in need with care and kindness.
Reducing the impact of poverty by helping people and helping homes.
See how we are seeking to show God’s grace and love to anyone in need across Isabella County.
About Our Executive Director
Julia has been helping with The Care Store since nearly the beginning and has grown from a Shopping Assistant to a Team Leader and then into the role of Director of Guest Services. Most recently she was promoted to Executive Director. She is passionate about serving guests and finding volunteers who share that passion.
Julia moved from Southern California in 2016 to Mt. Pleasant and loves living here! She has been married to her husband, Joel, for 18 years and they have two sons.
Our Board of Directors
ADDITIONAL AGENCIES IN THE
Strickler NonProfit Center
The William and Janet Strickler Nonprofit Center is home for Isabella County nonprofit agencies serving the needs of our less fortunate citizens. It provides high quality, low-cost space that affords tenants the ability to share common spaces and services while gaining the benefits of close collaboration.
Our mission is to foster strong collaboration of key existing agencies by developing a shared physical space and cooperative interactions to ameliorate the most pressing needs of the large proportion of citizens in Isabella County living in poverty or near poverty. To learn more click here.
Clothing INC served 6,836 individuals last year, distributing more than 63,000 articles of new or gently used clothing to meet the needs of those experiencing low income, fire loss, homelessness, foster care, employment interviews and disabilities. The number of people served represents 9.7% of the total population of Isabella County. To learn more click here.
CCN Food Pantry
Community Compassion Network (CCN) is a 501c3 non-profit Christian organization made up of volunteers from a wide variety of churches, businesses, organizations, and student groups. All are welcome. Our goal is to fight hunger by providing supplemental food to Isabella County families in need with dignity and equity. To learn more click here.
AARP SCSEP Mt. Pleasant Office
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is the nation’s oldest program to help low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55+ find work. To learn more click here.
What Our Guests Are Saying
“To all of the staff here at The Care Store, you sure are a blessing. Thank you!”
“Thank you for everything you have done for me and my family. Every little thing helps. The smiling and helpfulness from the helper makes it so much easier and makes you feel more welcomed.”
“To everyone here at The Care Store.. I’m very thankful for all you do. It’s amazing & very helpful for those in need, Thank you!”
“I just want to thank you guys so much for helping me and my daughter!!! You guys are absolutely wonderful!”
“Thank you for not making us feel like paupers.”
“I moved into my apartment 2 months ago. Not once have I had to buy anything for our place. Thanks to The Care Store, they are a huge blessing!”