Notes from the Director

Diane Draheim
Diane Draheim, Executive Director

Our first big event of Spring was the Second Annual traveling little Black Dress Fashion show, March 28 and 29 at The Gould Hotel. The House of Concern garnered more than $12,000 during the two days and dozens of sponsors and volunteers helped make it a truly outstanding event. The committee is already working on next year’s extravaganza. All profits go towards running the food pantry. You can make a difference and have lots of fun all at the same time. 

Later in this year we will be having a Mystery Dinner theater. Doug’s Fish Fry will be bringing their truck out and some of the proceeds will go to HOC. There is a Dinner Dance being planned, and many other fun events are being bounced around. So make sure you check our website and read the newsletter so you don’t miss a thing.

The New Beginnings Boutique has lots of great new fashions and Lynne has been busy getting ready for Spring so make sure you visit us at 103Fall Street. Store Hours are Wednesday 10-5,
Thursday and Friday 11-6 and Saturday 11-4.

Our State Street Store is also thinking Spring and getting out our Easter and St. Patrick’s Day items so you will want to see what we have there. Great buys and very cool stuff, and of course you are supporting the food pantry with everything that you purchase. So that is a win for everyone!

All of these events and everything that we do at the stores are all in order to meet our mission of helping our neighbors who are in need. Still it would not be enough if we did not have the amazing community support that we have been blessed to receive over the years. During the recent Holiday Season I was once again so touched with the immense giving spirit that surrounds us. I thank you all for all you do~

Have a great Spring, I hope to see you all at The Traveling Little Black Dress fashion Show!


Buying from the Thrift Store Helps EVERYONE!

New Beginnings Thrift Sore Manager Bob Adkins rings up a sale.

The New Beginnings Thrift Store at 35 State Street, just up the street from the downtown business district is not just a place for great bargains on gently used merchandise including clothing and household goods. Each purchase helps benefit those in need.

We sometimes hear that folks don’t want to by items from the Thrift store because they fear it might be taking something away that someone with a greater need could use. The truth is, we have plenty of inventory and no one will miss out.

On the contrary, your purchase at New Beginnings makes it possible to stock our food pantry shelves. Last year those purchases – which are often 25 cents, 50 cents, or $1 or $2  – added up to over $60,000 we could use to support those in need. It really does make a huge difference and helps us put food on the table for thousands of folks right here in Seneca County.

We like to think of it as putting our money where people’s mouths are.