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Kim D
5123 Penn Ave
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the project

The home of the East End Thrift Shop, commonly known as Thrifty, is at 5123 Penn Avenue, and is the only property owned by the Thomas Merton Center.  The building last received extensive attention following a fire in late 2000, more recently a new roof (2012) and now requires some periodic tender loving care.

Our most immediate need is replacement of a broken sewer line that extends into the city main located in the alley behind Thrifty.  Leaking can cause occasional clogging of the line, with a resulting back-up of raw sewage. That’s what happened earlier this year. While a plumber was able to temporarily clear the line, a more permanent fix is obviously necessary.

That fix demands some excavation and re-paving; the Center has recently contracted with a plumber to do the work for a little more than $15,000.  Such a sum exceeds what the Merton Center budgeted for building maintenance. Consequently, we are hoping the friends of both Thrifty and TMC can step forward at this time to make a one-time contribution to help defray the cost of the plumbing work and other previously deferred maintenance for 2018.  A jump start grant has been given to the Merton Center by McAuley Ministries for $5,000 in honor of the Sisters of Mercy and their commitment to social justice.


the steps

We have already contracted a plumber who will begin doing work on the building as soon as possible so that Thrifty can go back to its full operations.

why we're doing it

The East End Community Thrift (Thrifty) is an all volunteer-run thrift shop, which provides quality, low-cost, used clothing and household goods, to the surrounding community. Since its inception in 1993, Thrifty has worked with over 100 charitable programs to offer their clients vouchers to shop free for items they need for themselves and their families.


Thrifty gives a portion of all the donated clothing that they receive to people that are served by these programs, such as Resolve, Sojourner House and The Women and Children’s Shelter. Over the past two decades thousands of homeless and low-income community members have benefitted from the good work of the more than 20 volunteers who have dedicated their time, resources and attention to helping others thrive in the face of adversity.


Disbursed budget (10.22.18):

Thank you to the generous donors to our fundraiser. In addition to the funds raised online, we received offline donations directly to our organization to help fund our project. Funds raised online will go towards replacing the broken sewer line. 


RAISED = $3,424.00
less ioby Platform Fee $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $98.71


Original budget:

$15,000 - excavation and re-paving, replacing broken sewer line


Project Subtotal =  $15,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $450
Total to raise on ioby = $15,485



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