The Seneca County House of Concern honored its volunteers earlier this week as staff and Board members joined them for a celebration luncheon at the offices on State Street in Seneca Falls. The House of Concern provides a food pantry and thrift store to persons in need throughout Seneca County.
The organization has seen tremendous increases in need and a corresponding decrease in government assistance, which requires even more input on the part of volunteers to meet the needs of the community to provide proper nutrition for our neighbors.
The HOC has also partnered with other agencies and businesses to provide nutrition and financial management training to help those seeking aid find ways to become more food secure. They also receive supplemental food from Foodlink and various community gardens.
The House of Concern was instrumental in starting the Seneca Falls Community Garden and worked closely with the community garden project in Waterloo as well.
On May 17-18, the House of Concern is partnering with the Hotel Clarence to present a fashion show and luncheon, The Traveling Little Black Dress Creates New Beginnings, to benefit their efforts. The show will feature local models and clothes and accessories from area businesses. There will be auction items available as well. One of the highlights will be examples of how great outfits can be put together from clothes from the House of Concern’s New Beginning Thrift Store.
Coming in June will be a new storefront operation on Fall Street in Seneca Falls. The New Beginnings Boutique will feature high-end gently worn clothing and consignments, as well as accessories. The shop, adjacent to WomanMade Products is currently being remodeled for its Grand Opening. All funds generated from the new store will be sued to help the increasing need for food for the organization’s consumers.