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Hope’s Closet shuts doors

Adam Jensen

South Lake Tahoe residents Laura Olmstead, left, and Christi Olmstead shop at Hope's Closet Tuesday afternoon. The thrift shop will close its doors June 15.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The closet maybe closing, but hope for South Shore youth in need will continue, according to Tahoe Youth and Family Services.

Hope’s Closet, the thrift store operated by the longtime South Shore nonprofit organization, will close its doors at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The closure represents a “change of direction” for the agency, which opened the store in October 2009 as a way to provide additional resources to South Shore residents in need, said spokeswoman Julie Franklin.

Five dollar bags of merchandise attracted a crowd of customers Tuesday afternoon. The store’s racks, fixtures and shelves will also be sold as part of the store’s closure.

Tahoe Youth and Family Services will continue distributing essentials to homeless youth out of its South Lake Tahoe location. Strategies to continue partnerships that allowed Hope’s Closet to distribute clothes and resources to other South Shore service organizations are being developed, Franklin said.

The organization’s Executive Director Alissa Nourse thanked community members in a statement announcing the closure of the thrift store.

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“We really want to thank the community for their amazing support over the last year and a half,” Nourse said. “We feel we have been very successful on two fronts, client care and reaching out to the community. Hope’s Closet has made it possible to supply clothing and necessities to our struggling and homeless clients, as well as clients from South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, Foster Family Services and Child Protective Services. We have enjoyed meeting hundreds of members of our community via your donations and visits. The community has an increased understanding of TYFS and our programs.”

The latest information regarding donations, summer yard sales and clothing distribution locations sill be available on the organization’s Facebook page and http://www.tahoeyouth.org.