New thrift store will support women’s ministry

by Alan Hodge

Sheryl Dorsey will hold a grand opening Saturday morning, Feb. 4, for the Penny Thrift store, beginning at 8 a.m. The new store is located at 532 S. N.C.. 27 S., Stanley. (Alan Hodge/MIM photo)

Sheryl Dorsey is allowing the community to support women in need while helping themselves.

The new Penny Thrift store, 532 S. N.C. 27, in Stanley will not only be a place where customers can get great clothes and other items at bargain prices, but also an important part of The King’s Daughters’ visionary ministry for women and their children in crisis.

Dorsey founded both the Penny Thrift store and The King’s Daughters Ministry as a Divine directive.

“God gave me a vision to do it,” Dorsey said. “When He tells you to do something, you do it.”

The Penny Thrift store will generate revenue for The King’s Daughters Ministry.

“Every dime of profit from the store will go back into the ministry,” Dorsey said. “The idea is to operate the ministry free from debt.”

With Divine inspiration at her back, Dorsey is thinking big, especially when it comes to The King’s Daughters. The ministry’s offices are set up in the former Talon factory in Stanley, but they are only a fraction of what she has in mind for the 60,000 square feet that she has to work with.

“Our intention is to put up walls for an educational and counseling ministry to house hurting or troubled women ages 13-30 and their children under the age of 8 years,” Dorsey said.

Details of Dorsey’s vision include having residents live at the converted Talon location in rooms that will be constructed there. There will be a kitchen and play areas for children. Dorsey plans to eventually bring in family services specialists and Christian mental health professionals.

“This will not be a government agency,” Dorsey said. “We won’t get any government funds. Everything is Christ-based.”

Dorsey said she visited nearly 40 similar programs to get ideas for her operation.

“The residents will have a three-phase program,” she said. “This will include orientation, transition and transformation. My role is to bring this all together.”

Parts of The King’s Daughter’s program will include vocational and other life skills training. The children of residents will attend local schools.

Dorsey said that part of the positive outlook she has for the success of the Penny Thrift store and The King’s Daughters comes from the vibes in Stanley.

“The town has embraced us greatly,” she said. “The churches and neighbors have been phenomenal. It’s better than I could have imagined.”

The first phase of The King’s Daughters ministry is planned to begin in October 2012 with up to 16 residents moving in. Potential participants will be referred by pregnancy centers, shelters, churches, the court system, social services or a self-referral.

In addition to funds from the Penny Thrift store, donations for The King’s Daughters ministry will come from churches, businesses, individuals and fundraising events. Dorsey also plans to apply for grants.

Visit the new store

For more information on the Penny Thrift store and The King’s Daughters ministry, call Dorsey at 704-263-0445 or visit www.KDMonline.org.

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