It was a big day of celebration for Living Free Ministries as the group officially opened the doors to their newest Thrift Superstore on Monday morning, February 4.
Dozens of anxious shoppers and supporters lined up outside the store’s doors in Haw River, waiting for the ribbon to be cut.
“I said it was going to be like Black Friday every day out here,” Living Free co-founder Jay Doss said with a laugh. “We really believe in this and our support has been tremendous.”
Husband and wife team Jay and Christie Doss began Living Free Ministries back in 2008 as a free men’s drug and alcohol ministry and recovery program. In the years since, they have opened local thrift stores to cover the costs of the program – most recently unveiling their third and largest store to date.
“We’ve been anticipating this for a while,” Doss said of the opening. “We’ve known for about the last year that we were going to be opening another store and the amazing thing is this huge 46,000 square feet, with all the volunteers and everybody that has been put in place, we got the store ready in 30 days. That was a miracle.”
More than 100 different volunteers helped fill and prepare the store for its’ big unveiling. The building had been previously occupied by the Hospice Flea Market and Donation Center.
Just like the Mebane and Graham stores, all proceeds from the new Thrift Superstore will go directly toward funding the men’s ministry and up-and-coming women’s program.
“We’re so excited more so for what it means for the ministry and what it’s going to help us to expand to our women’s ministry and continue our men’s ministry and so forth,” said Doss. “We just want to dedicate this thing to the real purpose and that is to the glory of God and to see peoples’ lives change, that’s why we have this store.”
Ministry participants will also be working in the new store.
“This is part of their journey to recovery and a new life is learning all of the basic life skills,” he said. “But this store is a ministry as well. It’s never just the means to do what we do, it’s more about the lives that will be impacted, even the people shopping here. Our employees all consider it a ministry to work here. Everything that we do would be an effort to encourage and help people and show them Christ. That’s the most important thing we’ll do here.”
The new Living Free Thrift Superstore is located at 1003 W. Main Street in Haw River. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.