CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -- Homeless for five years, Sharon Foskey didn't hold back the details, but now she and her husband own Heavenly Treasures in Cleveland. A thrift shop dedicated to helping those with nowhere else to turn.
Clothing and food in exchange for nothing.
"I've slept behind dumpster's, I've slept in cardboard boxes. I know what cat food tastes like, I know what shame and humiliation and guild this can cause and sometimes paralyze people," Foskey said.
Foskey has seen more than most. Not proud of her 26-year battle with alcoholism, but proud she and her husband made it through. Proud of Heavenly Treasures, their thrift store that gives much more than they sell.
"When they come in here they meet someone who understands, who has been there. They don't find judgement. They find love and understanding," said Foskey.
Whether you need a meal, a coat, a pair of socks, a friendly smile or even a prayer; Heavenly Treasures won't ask questions. Foskey and her volunteers are there to as she says "give a hand up, not a hand out."
Foskey doesn't take a penny from the store, her husband works another job to provide. Ninety-five percent of what they have is donated, the rest comes from anything they sell.
With colder nights approaching there's a need for winter clothing, volunteers and always a larger building, "I have enough stuff in that back room over there to fill this place up 6 or 7 times."
Foskey believes this is just the start. She plans to house the homeless, break addictions and find them work, "give them the skills they need not only spiritually but life skills."
The store is located at 260 Broad Street Southwest in downtown Cleveland and you can donate by dropping items off 10-5 Monday through Friday. Or you can call Sharon at (423) 728-2211.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:04 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:04:55 GMT
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