In 2004, Lake Avenue Community Foundation Board member, Bruce Bruinsma suggested that an independent Thrift Store be opened with the profits supporting the work of impacting at risk children and their families.
This idea percolated for a couple of years and surfaced again in 2008 with a similar suggestion from Peter and Carol Schaller. A study committee was formed and reported back that the idea was viable.
With the formation of All Out Caring, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non profit, subsequently known as ACTS Thrift Store, the Board was formed, Tony Reyes hired as Store Manager, Dominque Franklin as Office Manager and Peter Schaller appointed controller. Michael Odell, Volunteer and Marketing coordinator came on board shortly thereafter.
The store at 1382 Locust opened on July 17, 2010.
About this time, ACTS was approached by Door of Hope, a local non-profit assisting at risk families in transition. They needed help with goods being donated to them, and no way to store or process efficiently. And so the ACTS Partners program was born. Now over a dozen local non profits who make a difference in the lives of children and their families, direct their donors to bring their tax deductible items to ACTS. ACTS provides a credit to the local non profit. This credit is then used by the local charity to purchase what is actually needed by those they serve and when they need it.
ACTS actively supports the work of Stars for Tomorrow, as The Lake Avenue Community Foundation is now known. The independent ACTS Board currently consists of Bruce Bruinsma, Chair, Michael Gray, Larry Stone, John Heck, and Peter Schaller.
The local focus of ACTS, making a difference in the lives of children and their families in Pasadena and the San Gabriel valley continues to expand. Be a part of it......donate, volunteer, shop. Be a part of "making a difference".