Des Moines

The Well Thrift Store

Supporting The Well ministry

 

Why pay full price? Stretch your dollars and help people

We believe business can support ministry, which is why we are looking forward to putting a Well Thrift Store in Des Moines. The Well Thrift Store provides gently-used, low-cost items, as well as opportunities for people to volunteer!

We rely on donations to support the store. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to shop at The Well Thrift Store, not just our clients.

Multi-department and donation-based retailer. 100% of the income generated supports The Well ministry.

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At The Well, we explore options and take steps to help people stabilize their resources, while getting at the root cause of the issue at hand. Because change is a journey, we will continue to partner with our clients in the weeks and months to come.

When we help people at The Well, we focus on 11 different areas someone can experience instability and poverty in their life. This information comes from Dr. Ruby Payne and her book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty. 

Read a testimonial from a Getting Ahead & Well Works client below who learned how language and hidden rules were areas they experienced instability.

Learning about the parent, child voice helped me work with my kids and helped me talk to them a lot easier when they are in trouble. The hidden rules really showed me the insight of what to expect in an interview and helped me to be more prepared and kinda know what to expect when I get through the Works program. I also learned about the Well Works program and the wonderful people here that didnt look at me for my background, but looked at me more as human being and gave me a job and a new opportunity in life that I needed.

#OfferingHelp #OfferingHope

When we help people at The Well, we focus on 11 different areas someone can experience instability and poverty in their life. This information comes from Dr. Ruby Payne and her book, "A Framework for Understanding Poverty."

Read a testimonial from a Getting Ahead & Well Works client below who learned how language and hidden rules were areas they experienced instability.

"Learning about the parent, child voice helped me work with my kids and helped me talk to them a lot easier when they are in trouble. The hidden rules really showed me the insight of what to expect in an interview and helped me to be more prepared and kinda know what to expect when I get through the Works program. I also learned about the Well Works program and the wonderful people here that didn't look at me for my background, but looked at me more as human being and gave me a job and a new opportunity in life that I needed."

#OfferingHelp #OfferingHope
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Item Donation FAQ

What kind of items do you accept as donations?

We LOVE your clean, hole- and stain-free clothing, shoes, and linens. We also accept housewares, tools, home décor, books, DVDs, toys, baby gear, sporting goods, and furniture.

Are there items you do not accept?

Yes, there are a variety of items we cannot accept as donations. These include:

APPLIANCES

  • Dishwashers
  • Gas stoves
  • Non-working appliances

BUILDING MATERIALS/HOME DECOR

  • Used ceiling fans
  • Paint, lacquers, thinners or other chemicals
  • Window blinds (mini, regular or vertical)
  • Building materials like boards, tiles, toilets, sinks, etc.

KIDS/SPORTING GOODS

  • Car seats & other safety equipment
  • ATV/motorcycle helmets
  • Old golf bags and pull carts (clubs are okay—remove from bag)
  • Old exercise equipment. Only take well-working current equipment

FURNITURE

  • Broken furniture
  • Upholstered furniture that is heavily soiled, torn or needs extensive repair
  • Entertainment centers with square opening. (open top units that will hold a flat screen are ok)
  • Organs
  • Pianos

BOOKS/AV ITEMS

  • TV’s that are not flat screens
  • Large computer monitors
  • Computer printers
  • VHS Tapes
  • Cassette Tapes
  • Encyclopedia sets

LIMITED ACCEPTANCE BY STAFF APPROVAL ONLY

  • Flat screen TV’s
  • Mattresses & box springs

Where do I drop off my donations?

Donations can be dropped off inside door #7 on the west side of the building.

Furniture donations can be dropped off through the overhead door #8.

Inform a volunteer and they will assist in opening the doorway for you.

Do you offer exchanges or refunds?

We do our best to offer quality products. To avoid disappointment, we strongly encourage you to test any electrical items you want to purchase. When items are donated, we ask donors if electrical items work and use that information to help us value items.

We do not offer exchanges or refunds. In the event your purchase didn’t last as long as you’d hoped, we hope you will be consoled by the knowledge that your dollars spent will still be put to work helping the people served by The Well.

Do you charge sales tax?

No, we are exempt as a non-profit business.

Can you provide a receipt for my donations?

Yes! Simply request a receipt when you drop off your donated items.

Unfortunately, IRS regulations prevent us from assigning a dollar value to your items.