House to Home opens store in Ridgway and launches clothes closet | News

RIDGWAY – House to Home, a resale store focused on positively impacting communities, recently expanded and opened a location in Ridgway.

Ashley Hoover, manager of DuBois and Ridgway House to Home stores, said people donate gently used items every day that have the chance to help fulfill their dreams.

The Ridgway store, located behind the Tri County Church (TCC) on Center Street, opened Jan. 24, Hoover said.

What separates it from the rest, she says, is the clothes closet it offers.

Many know HTH as the former furniture bank of Lezzer Lumber in DuBois, an effort of HTH’s parent company, Square One Community, which also has a mattress grant program in partnership with Miller Home Furniture and Mattress, Hoover said. .

The DuBois HTH location on West Long Avenue opened in February 2021. There are now three stores, including one in Altoona.

“People are still learning that we’re here,” Hoover said of the DuBois store.

According to the Square One Community website, these stores are a resource that helps people move from “survival to thriving.”

The idea for the clothes closet came about when Cinderella’s Closet in Kane closed, Hoover said, and there was a need in the area. The Ridgway HTH boutique offers everyday wear, evening wear, prom dresses, special occasion wear and more.

As with furniture, small appliances and household items, anyone can donate clothing, as long as it’s in good condition, Hoover said. Children and Youth Services and CAPSEA (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse) also refer victims of domestic violence and those in need to the locker room.

HTH’s overall goal is to make these items affordable for as many people as possible and to help those who lose everything in tragedy, such as fire or flood.

Following the building fire that occurred in Falls Creek in May 2021, someone bought enough furniture for one of the families as they were starting over, Hoover said as a example.

Some may not know that the DuBois resale store has two floors, also offering beds and decorative items like lamps, picture frames, holiday decorations and plant arrangements. HTH also accepts box springs and mattresses in good condition. The store is presented in an extremely clean, organized and positive light.

“Everything is sterilized the minute it arrives,” Hoover added.

Just because an item can be used, she added, doesn’t mean it’s not what someone can be looking for.

She’s also seen her fair share of vintage and antique items arrive over the years, like an original record player and sewing machine tables.

Hoover herself is a bit of a “jack of all trades,” who has a sewing kit and aims to spruce up some of the furniture that comes in.

HTH is also partnered with SAM (Service Access and Management) in DuBois, Hoover said.

“We’re trying to reach more people who are trying to get back on their feet,” she said.

The Ridgway store is currently open Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the Facebook page.

For more information, visit House to Home (Ridgway, PA) and House to Home (DuBois, PA) on Facebook and www.sq1housetohome.com.

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