Middle Tennessee nonprofit GraceWorks Ministries announced plans to reopen its thrift store and expand its food distribution services by the end of May after two months of being closed, according to a May 19 press release from the organization.
“Starting May 26, GraceWorks will begin providing food to neighbors in a model similar to grocery pick-up,” a member of GraceWorks said in the release. “Neighbors can go to www.GraceWorksMinistries.net or call 615-794-9055 to make an appointment from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.”
Recipients for food donations from GraceWorks will be able to park in a designated spot at the nonprofit’s resource center, located at 104 Southeast Parkway, Franklin, and call to notify workers of their arrival, at which point staff and volunteers will bring out a pre-made cart and load it in the recipient’s cart with zero contact.
GraceWorks also plans to bring back its rent and utility assistance program to qualifying recipients May 26. Those looking for help with payments can call 615-794-9055 during the nonprofit’s new hours.
The GraceWorks thrift store, also located at 104 Southeast Parkway, Franklin, will reopen to the public for shopping May 27 at 50% capacity. According to the release, the store will undergo hourly cleaning of frequently touched areas, dressing rooms will be closed, registers will have plexiglass barriers installed and all shoppers are required to wear face masks while in the store.
Those without masks are able to get them for free at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center, located at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin, or the Williamson County Health Department, 1324 W. Main St., Franklin.
GraceWorks will accept donations of clothing and home goods at its Logos Warehouse, located at 117 Southeast Parkway in Franklin, from 9a.m.-1 p.m. on May 21 and 22 only, though the following items will not be accepted for the time being:
• Televisions (except flat screens)
• Building materials or built-in cabinets
• Gas-operated appliances, trash compactors and dishwashers
• Ceiling fans or hardwired light fixtures
• Computers and components
• Large executive office or multi-piece desks
• Large entertainment centers or armoires
• Organs or pianos
• Waterbeds or sofa beds
• Exercise equipment, outdoor gym sets, and pool or ping-pong tables
• Motorcycle or bicycle helmets.
• Used cribs, car seats, strollers or toys