My husband and his men's group were looking for a service project. So they contacted a few of our churches ministry partners to see if anyone needed any help. As it so happened Hope Clinic for Women contacted them back and said what they could really use was some racks for their donation room. You see all of the items that are donated to the clinic are currently stored in bins, which makes it hard for the women to shop. My husband was thrilled... after all he has a few "connections" (if you know what I mean) and his response was "Boy have you contacted the right person!"
He asked me to go down and assess the situation. Boy were they right... that room needed an overhaul badly. So we came up with a plan and decided to line the room with racks. I had connections with a friend who had a consignment store that went out of business and she donated slat wall (and associated hardware), maternity displays and a ton of commercial hangers. I made a list of supplies for Hope Clinic and they were able to get everything donated by Home Depot... everything fell into place.
So on Monday night, the men's group showed up at Hope Clinic and I gave them instructions on what I needed them to do. Hubs and I had spent the weekend building and painting racks, so everything was ready to go come Monday. The guys converted an old mail station into a new shelving unit and re-purposed a 4x8 non functioning table into a 32" x 8' feet market place display that would utilize the baskets and bins that Hope Clinic currently used.
On Tuesday, a couple of girlfriends and myself went down and started hanging clothes up in the newly redesigned space. When it was all said and done, we spent a couple of days taking a non-functional room and made it into an awesome new shopping experience for these young mothers! If I didn't have the skill set I did, the guys probably wouldn't have taken on the project, and the donation room would still be a non-functioning room. While I still don't get excited about the skill sets I have, they do come in handy from time to time, and in this case, it was extremely helpful... not just in knowing how to make racks and layout a space, but also in knowing the recalls and keeping potentially harmful items out of the hands of new mothers.
Today, I get to look back and see what we've done. Thanks to being a sale organizer, I get to use my skill sets to help make an impact in the lives of young women who choose to have their babies. Today... my sale organizer skill sets are valuable ones to have :-) I love what I do!
Dark and not very functional.
4x8 table used as a clutter catcher. Nothing but junk and trash under here. Also notice all of the clothing in bins on the back wall. Hard for the ladies to shop through.
After: Notice the guys fixed the lights!
New slat wall and maternity displays
So much room! And so bright! This is the same space as the first picture posted!
The new marketplace display... The guys did a fantastic job making this!
The boys area with marketplace display behind the shelving unit.
I'm not sure why this picture is coming up cockeyed... but it is. The re-purposed mail organizer.