The Coastal Women’s Shelter is moving its Helping Hands Boutique upscale thrift store from its James City location where the store had been for over 10 years.

A grand re-opening will be on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in the new central location of 2509 Unit A Neuse Blvd., New Bern, across from the Bruin Movie Theater.

This convenient location makes it easier for returning and new customers, and most importantly for survivors of domestic violence seeking information, safety, and support to visit the store frequently.

Helping Hands Boutique is an extraordinary upscale thrift store whose operations and proceeds benefit the individuals and families served by Coastal Women’s Shelter and is a gem among local thrift stores.

“We are very excited to be able to bring Helping Hands Boutique into a centralized location that best serves our existing customer base while providing an opportunity to reintroduce this gem of a thrift store to New Bern residents,” said Tova Hairston, executive director of Coastal  Women’s Shelter. “This move will enable us to continue to grow the store’s revenue potential while allowing us to raise awareness for our agency.”

To celebrate the grand reopening at the new store’s location, the New Bern Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

Helping Hands Boutique offers quality, gently used and new clothing, accessories, and housewares at very affordable prices. Everyone is welcome to explore our new location while shopping to end domestic violence in Jones, Craven and Pamlico counties.

Helping Hands is committed to safety, whether in our homes or throughout our community.  Enjoy exploring store offerings in our rigorously sanitized location where social distancing guides, masks and hand sanitizers are used to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help ensure your shopping experience is as safe as it is rewarding.

Helping Hands Boutique operations are donor and volunteer-drive. Go here for more information about Helping Hands Boutique. Follow them on Facebook @helpinghandsnewbern.

Coastal Women’s Shelter has been serving the community for over 35 years by building a bridge to end the cycle of domestic violence.

Coastal Women’s Shelter is the sole provider of no-cost comprehensive domestic violence services in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties.  Its services include a 24-hour crisis line, court advocacy, monthly support groups for women and children, transportation, tuition assistance, clothing, food, employment resources, housing assistance, and inter-agency information and referrals. It also provides employability services through a grant from the North Carolina Council for Women.

Challenges faced by its target population include lack of transportation, need for child care, lack of education, lack of family support for continuing their education and/or employment, lack of knowledge about effective parenting practices, domestic violence, and homelessness.

Its vision is to eradicate domestic violence in the counties that it serves.  Its mission is to help families break the cycle of domestic violence and acquire the skills necessary to promote healthy family relationships. Visit the Coastal Women’s Shelter website for more information here.

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