The Rosetown & District Thrift Store was established in 2003 when the Salvation Army decided to close their thrift store in Rosetown. The Thrift Store supplies clothing, shoes, household items, furniture, toys, books, collectibles, and more to meet the needs of West Central Saskatchewan clients. All items in the Thrift Store are donated from within the community and they also accept dry food donations for the Food Bank. Merchandising is on a rotating basis and the unsold items are donated to the Diabetes Association.
There are 2 staff members, 16 regular volunteers and numerous student volunteers. The Rosetown Thrift Store secures their funding support from community organizations/social clubs, business donations, individual donations, municipal contributions and funding campaigns such as raffles and hosting luncheons. The dedication and commitment of the volunteers and staff to provide a very worthwhile and much-needed community service has enabled the Rosetown Thrift Store to be self-supported.
The Thrift Store recently moved to their new facility at 116 - 2nd Avenue East. For more information call the Thrift Store at (306) 882-2196.
The Rosetown & District Food Bank was formed in July of 2003. It is located at 116 - 2nd Avenue East and is housed with the Rosetown & District Thrift Store. Food is packed one time per month on the 2nd last Wednesday of every month but if an emergency exists they pack hampers anytime people need them. All food given out is donated or purchased through the community. Collection bins are located in both grocery stores as well as at the United Church. The Food Bank is operated by adult and student volunteers and has a volunteer board who make decisions on behalf of the Food Bank.
Rosetown & District Food Bank is affiliated with provincial and national food banks adhering to their policies, practices and guidelines. The application process for the Food Bank is the same basic process that is used in all food banks across Canada. People are referred by a clergy person, Doctor, social worker or teacher to the Food Bank and sign an application on their behalf. Other information is collected such as health numbers, number of adults, children and any special needs they have. This information is then sent to Regina monthly where statistics are submitted to the national office.
The Rosetown & District Food Bank has wonderful support from the community of Rosetown and the smaller surrounding areas. With the help of the local businesses, volunteers and the community they have a very successful, worthwhile service. For more information about the Food Bank call them at (306) 882-6634.>