Something Different for a Change thrift store moves

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ministry relocates to Third and Bond, seeks regular hours

The Something Different for a Change thrift store has relocated from Cleveland and 13th Street to 209 Third St. Owner Isaac Gripka hopes to continue his mission of providing a community service with expanded space.

Gripka said the thrift store serves as headquarters for Wold Change Ministries, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in pierce City in 2008.

To date the ministry has donated approximately $2,000 to local service organizations such as Bickers Against Child Abuse, the Children's Center of the Ozarks, the Food for Thought backpack program in Monett, the Rapha House refuge against sexual trafficking in Joplin, and the Just Mercy relief effort in Haiti.

"Our current focus in on raising money t fund a scholarship for local seniors going into the fields of environmentalism and humanitarianism," Gripka said. "Our mission is to change the world for the better one positive action at a time, to encourage, involve and inspire."

The ministry's thrift store initially operated out of a storage unit at Fifth and Bond streets, beginning in July 2015. The store moved to Third and Bond on March 1. With four times the space available currently than in the 13th and Cleveland location, Gripka is hopeful he can expand the mission. His full vision is to include a café, a charity garden and a social space.

"While our new location is much bigger, it will take public support for this effort to reach its full potential," Gripka said.

Gripka is seeking volunteers to help keep the store open. At the present time, due to Gripka's schedule, hours for the store vary weekly. Hours are posted on the door and on Facebook. For additional information, people may call Gripka at 417-366-2212.