Fresh Start, a goal-orientated program helping homeless women overcome barriers to economic stability, is celebrating 15 years of The Daisy Thrift Shop in August! Fifteen years ago, a group of volunteers decided to transition from a huge annual garage sale to a more permanent fundraising opportunity, and The Daisy Thrift Shop was born. Fresh Start hoped that their numerous garage sale customers would follow them across town to shop at The Daisy and they did. Fresh Start has since continued to grow their customer base at an exciting pace. The building is "free" to Fresh Start – no rent or utilities – and all of the saleswomen are volunteers, allowing them to stream all of their profits back into the Fresh Start program.
All proceeds from The Daisy go to support Fresh Start; in 2021, The Daisy raised over $45,000, and to date they have raised over half a million dollars for the women’s shelter.
Fresh Start is always looking for more volunteers to join their team and they invite the community to come have a positive experience shopping high-quality clothing at discounted prices. Their store hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 4 – 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please visit the shop, located at 6433 Havelock Ave., or contact Audrey at (402) 475-7777 / audreyb@FreshStartHome.org for more information. You can also connect with Fresh Start online at FreshStartHome.org or on Facebook (@FreshStartHomeLincoln / @thedaisythriftshop).