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Teen-run thrift store closes

$20,000 is needed for wheelchair lift to meet ADA code

STERLING – A downtown second-floor thrift store has closed because of the high cost of a wheelchair lift.

The store, run by Giving Power to Adolescents, a teen club run through Sterling Township, was in the former Abiding Word Church building, 212 E. Fourth St., the club headquarters.

Club presidents Dasan Klingenberg and Kinzie Vogel, both 18 and recent Sterling High School graduates, said the group received several bids for the wheelchair lift, needed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but the $20,000 price tag was too much.

Instead, the presidents say GPA’s new board, which will be fully installed by Aug. 6, will start the process of developing and voting on a new business model to help pay for the building’s utility bill, which thrift store revenue was paying.

The store averaged about $350 a month in sales, which went into the group’s general fund along with money made from renting out the first floor. Money from the general fund is used, among other things, to pay the building’s utilities.

The new business model likely will involve the group’s members fundraising in the community, rather than a store on the second floor, the leaders said.

To attend or donate

Giving Power to Adolescents meets at 6:15 p.m. each Monday at 312 E. Fourth St. The public is invited to attend.

Call Sterling Township Supervisor Matt Howze, 815-625-3990 or email for more information or to donate.

You also can find it on Facebook by searching for Giving Power to Adolescents.

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