Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 15, 2013

VORP Vintage, Resale and Thrift Store opens for business Saturday


CROSSVILLE — Victim/Offender Reconciliation Program’s Executive Director Rita Young and her husband, Jim, have come up with an idea to help fund VORP. Jim has been selling items on eBay for over 10 years. They had a collection of interesting items that they were willing to donate to VORP to start a thrift store. It was something they had been thinking about for some time and researched the matter completely. They also advised they had a building where the owner was willing to make a generous donation of space to VORP.

Rita presented a plan at a meeting that included sales projections and how the store would be able to run. The VORP Board approved the idea and were very enthusiastic about the future. The plan is currently ready for execution and the excitement will begin on Saturday, Oct. 19 starting at 9 a.m.

The store name is “VORP’s Vintage, Resale and Thrift Store,” at 2625 North Main St. Suite 400 in the back of the Mini Mall between Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and the Nazarene Church on N. Main St. Directional signs will be posted.

Items for sale will include art, vintage items, collectables, tools, books, housewares and tons of thrift.

Store hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Item donations will be received Monday, Thursday and Saturday during regular business hours when someone will be on duty to help with lifting. Be sure and look for the sign on the front door for shopping and donating.

VORP is a restorative justice approach that brings offenders face-to-face with the victims of their crime. It is a mediation process that personalizes the crime with the assistance of a trained mediator. It helps the victim speak his mind and the offender to learn the human consequences of his/her actions. A legal contract is developed between the victim and offender that must be approved by the court.

The VORP Mediation Center of Cumberland County has served the community for the past 25 years. They provided free neutral and accessible volunteer mediation service for nearly a total of 9,000 cases. In addition, nearly $400,000 has been returned to victims in the form of restitution.

VORP board members include President Joe Gittings, VP Ken Steadman, Sec. Leroy Hammond, Bert Adams, Jon Goodwin and Andrea Van Rekom. They invite you to stop by the store and treat yourself to a look and a purchase. It will help keep VORP in business to serve many of our Cumberland County citizens when trouble erupts.