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A Second Chance

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A Second Chance ..

Give your household goods a second life and be a part of a greater outreach

Giving to The Corner helps people in a variety of ways, as every aspect of our program includes ways to reach out to people in their various stages of life. to rebuild themselves, develop self-confidence, gain their independence and find their place in society. A single donation can do all that because it literally transforms lives.

At the Corner thrift, 100% of your donations support our various outreach programs which affect several internal, and external Ministries.

Take Eco -responsible action

The donations of clothing and household goods given to The Corner thrift, do go towards serving and sponsoring a series of Ministries. Yet, they also promote a healthy habit of recycling in the chain of consumption, and as you donate your items to the Corner; We make sure to keep your things out of the landfills for as long as possible. Thousands of pounds of clothing and household items get recycled every year through donations, significantly increasing the life of donated items, and reducing their chances to end up in a garbage dumpster.

Act as a source of blessings in the struggle against poverty and exclusion

Once received, your generously donated items are sorted, ticketed and put for sale in our store. This allows us to offer clothing and household items at low prices to people on a limited budget, as well as the general public.
 
Clients who shop at the Corner also allow the ministry to be self-financed and a source of sustenance for other ministries. All the revenue from the stores is 100% reinvested in the outreach to the elder, youth, student training, evangelism and church planning. And much of the product donated gets sent overseas to third world countries where they serve to clothe the poor. In short, your donations do potentially help the underprivileged find a second chance, a way to regain hope, dignity and a new life.

Give wisely

At the Corner thrift, your donations are actually part of a social, ecological and transparent process which allows you, with a simple gesture, to also help transform lives. 100% of your donations are reinvested locally to the benefit of a non-profit social mission.

If you want to know where your donations go, give to the Corner, with us you’ll always know exactly where the revenues from the sale of your items go.


What teens worry about

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What teens worry about ..

Key points

  • It’s normal for teenagers to worry about issues like stress, schoolwork and body image.
  • Not all teenage issues and worries need professional help.
  • Sometimes worries won’t go away, get worse or interfere with daily life. This might be a sign your child needs professional help.

The teenage years are a time of rapid growth and change, physically, mentally and socially. For some teenagers, change can be scary, whereas others take it in their stride.

Also, teenagers often have to make early decisions about school subjects, study, careers and work. In fact, many teenagers feel that their secondary school marks decide their whole future – that’s a lot of pressure.

If you add economic change, job security, globalisation and mental health to the usual teenage issues, it’s not surprising that your child sometimes feels quite worried.

It’s normal for teenagers to have worries and fears. Treating every worry as a big problem can do more harm than good. If you do, your child might start to see the world as unsafe and dangerous. Not all worries need professional help.

When to be concerned about your child

Signs of anxiety 
When worries won’t go away, get worse or interfere with your child’s daily life, this could be a sign that your child is struggling with anxiety.

Here are some signs that your child might need some help with anxiety:

  • Worries that won’t go away: this is when your child is feeling ‘on edge’ or ‘wound up’ most of the time, is generally worried about a lot of things for no clear reason, or can’t relax.
  • Worries that get worse over time: this is when your child avoids situations or people, feels panicky in some situations, has bad thoughts that are hard to control, or has physical symptoms like increased sweating, fast heartbeat, headaches, stomach cramps, nausea, rapid breathing or diarrhoea.
  • Worries that interfere with daily life: this is when your child stops being able to do things that he used to do because of fear and anxiety, or you feel that your child’s reactions are stopping him from enjoying everyday things.

Signs of depression 
It’s normal for young people to go through ups and downs. But if your child feels angry, guilty, sad or cranky more than usual, she could be suffering from depression.

Your child might need help with depression if he’s behaving in the following ways for most of the time or for more than two weeks. Your child:

  • feels like giving up a lot of the time
  • has significant and regular trouble sleeping
  • is regularly behaving in ways that aren’t like him – for example, he’s getting into trouble, having difficulty with schoolwork, isolating himself or fighting.

Depression probably won’t go away by itself, and it’s a good idea to seek professional help. You and your child could start by talking to your GP.

Your child needs your support and encouragement for learning, but it probably won’t help if you put extra pressure on her to get high academic results. Sharing her excitement when she tries something new – and being supportive when she doesn’t master it the first time – will encourage her to keep trying.

Exercises and activities to help with teenage issues

Managing worrying thoughts is an important life skill. Here are some activities and exercises that your child can use now and in the future.

Managing worrying thoughts 
This activity helps your child notice worrying thoughts and stop them getting in the way. But remember worry and stress is normal and helps to keep us motivated. Try to be supportive, thoughtful and warm while you help your child manage his thinking:

  1. If a particular event is very worrying for your child, first get her to say or write down a few thoughts about the event. For example, ‘I’m going to fail the maths exam’, ‘I’m really bad at maths’.
  2. Talk together about how it’s normal to have thoughts like that. Recognise that the thoughts aren’t very nice or helpful and that they can get worse if your child focuses on them too much.
  3. Acknowledge the negative thoughts, but don’t let them stop your child from doing what he needs to do. For example, ‘I’m not going to pay attention to those thoughts right now. They’re not going to stop me. I’ve done plenty of preparation for the exam and I can only do my best’.

This exercise needs practice. You can encourage your child to manage her worrying thoughts and get on with what she needs to do by praising her for having a go.

Positive thinking
If your child spends too much time thinking about negative events, it can lead to worry and stress. Appreciation, gratitude and positive thinking exercises can get your child in the habit of spending more time thinking about what has gone well and why.

Parenting teenagers can be stressful. You’ll be in good shape to care for your teenage child if you look after yourself. You could also get support from other parents and share ideas and experiences by joining an online or a face-to-face support group.

Your child could write down three things he’s grateful for or that went well in his day. They don’t have to be big things. It might be hearing a bird sing outside, enjoying a sunny day, or spending time with a favourite person or pet. Helping your child notice these small things can increase his happiness and wellbeing.

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Rethinking Waste

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The State of Reuse in North America

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Most of us wouldn’t think twice about recycling unusable items. Ushering that defunct computer or broken toaster toward a business that can break it down for resalable parts has become a routine step in many communities, especially those with curbside pickup.

But how many of us make the same effort when it comes to donating old but perfectly good clothes, textiles and household products to charities and thrift stores?

More than half of us do, says the global thrift retailer Savers. According to a survey it conducted for its 2016 State of Reuse Report, 59 percent of North Americans take the time to donate their reusable items to thrift stores or charities — and many do so to make sure their much-loved belongings go to good use.

Savers, also known in Canada and parts of the U.S. as Value Village, conducted the online survey in April of this year. A total of 3,094 respondents (1,634 in the U.S. and 1,463 in Canada) weighed-in on how and why they donate their reusable household and personal goods.

One of the aims of the survey, said Ken Alterman, president and CEO of Savers, was to determine North Americans’ perceptions about their own clothing “footprints” and the role that thrift stores and charities play when people decide it’s time to part with belongings. Did they bring those items to organizations that could repurpose their unwanted clothing and household goods, or did they throw them away? If they tossed them out, were there reasons why?

Not surprisingly, the survey found that many people feel they have too much stuff sitting in closets and rooms.  But their perception of just how much of those goods they take to the landfill revealed an interesting fact about North American habits: We vastly underestimate how much clothing we throw out each year and often aren’t aware of how much we own — and how much impact our habits can have on the environment.

U.S. respondents said they ditched on average about 47 pounds of belongings a year. In fact, the nonprofit trade association SMART (Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles) found that the average amount of material U.S. consumers throw out is closer to 81 pounds per year – almost twice the amount that respondents reported.

Equally revealing was the fact that 54 percent of those respondents tossed discards in the landfill because they didn’t think donation centers would take them. Another 25 percent said convenience motivated their decision. Seventeen percent said they weren’t sure what to do with their pre-loved items.

In many cases, the survey found, consumers expressed confusion about what they could and couldn’t donate. For example, 51 percent said they knew many textiles could be reused or recycled. But 61 percent were misinformed about what donation centers would and would not accept. Another 21 percent admitted they either didn’t know or were unsure.

Altruism, or the idea that donating their belongings would help someone else, played a large part in why respondents donated clothing and other items. Forty-two percent of Americans and Canadians said knowing that their donations would help a nonprofit program or agency would prompt them to donate more.

Those statistics also align with the way consumers usually get rid of reusable items, according to the survey. Sixty-one percent said they chose to donate to thrift stores that were associated with a charity, and another 42 percent preferred to give to a community shelter or other nonprofit that benefited the local community. Charitable contributions and the ability to contribute their valuable belongings to the betterment of others are important driving forces when it comes to what people do with unused property.

At the same time, 35 percent said it was simply convenient to donate their goods. The often-touted perk of receiving a tax write-off was also a low priority for respondents.

And while very few respondents said they specifically donated in order to keep things out of the landfill (13 percent in the U.S. and 15 percent in Canada), a whopping 79 percent said they would pick a reused outfit over a brand-new one if it would cut down on environmental impact.  Baby boomers were particularly supportive of that idea, with 75 percent of boomer respondents affirming that they would choose a pre-used item over a new one if it were good for Mother Nature.

Education, the report noted, was at the heart of consumer trends. Irrespective of the difference between people’s purchasing and donating habits, the report found that most respondents agreed that educating consumers about the environmental and community benefits of donating and reusing pre-owned items was key to cutting down on waste.

A promising finding of the survey was that nearly all respondents unanimously agreed that the concepts of reuse should be taught in schools to increase sustainability habits. Ninety-four percent of respondents endorsed this idea. public and private sector organizations should be working together to educate consumers and develop innovative solutions that promote and encourage reuse.

The Corner thrift Store embraces the concept of educating the general public about the habit of donating to an organization like ours, not only to keep good reusable items out the landfills, but also because many outreach organizations, and especially youth organizations, struggle with sustaining their operations for the lack of resources, and our embracing and supporting their work, secures the continuity of their operations. Every dollar collected from the sale of items donated goes to support a number of these organizations.