The Geneva Center of Concern
The Center Thrift Store has reopened.
Keeping in mind that we are working daily with senior volunteers, safety first is at the forefront of anything we do going forward.
We will be requiring the following upon entering the store: masks will be worn properly at all times by customers as well as store personnel, hand sanitizer will be used at the front door and we will be taking temperatures of all children.
In addition, we’ve changed the way we are accepting donations, and we are asking for your patience as we work within state guidelines.
All donations will be taken in through our warehouse door, nothing comes through the store. Donors are responsible for bringing their items into the building.
As of August 24, we no longer limit donations to two bags. We ask that all donations are in good condition; nothing torn, stained or broken will be accepted.
We will not be able to accept entire households, as this sets limits on other peoples’ opportunity to donate.
We are pleased to be open once again and able to show off our “new and improved” thrift store!
Cheryl H. Toor, Director
Linda Geoia, Assistant
Boxes of donated material are still being left at our door when the Center is closed. Please follow the procedures described below for making donations. Any materials dropped off during off hours must be discarded, regardless of their condition. This results in additional work and cost for the Center. Thank you.
For more information on items that the Center has urgent need of please check out the topics under the Current News tab on this website.
Since its beginning in 1972, the Geneva Center of Concern has provided assistance to individuals, households, and families in and around the city of Geneva, New York who have fallen upon hard times with no place else to turn. The Center acts as a safety net, a sympathetic ear, and provides a helping hand, to address critical human needs, shore up the spirits, bolster the hopes, and affirm dignity and a sense of worth for the people it serves. Food, clothing, social service referrals, and many other resources are provided to support people through difficult times and help them to improve their lives.
The Geneva Center of Concern serves those in need throughout the year in numerous ways. Primary programs that are organized and overseen by the Director and Assistant to the Director together with assistance from many exceptional volunteers include:
- A Food Pantry that provides food on a scheduled basis to needy individuals and families. Sources of food include federal programs such as Food Link and numerous donations from local farms, food companies, local citizens and grocery stores. In 2019 the Pantry distributed food to 3,126 families representing 8765 individuals, thereby providing enough for 78,885 meals.
- A Thrift Store stocked with clothing and household items that are sold at very low prices. Individuals and families facing severe hardship receive clothing and other household necessities without charge. In 2019, 179 Thrift Store vouchers (totaling $3,228 worth of merchandise) were provided to needy individuals with emergency needs. Income earned from the Store helps to purchase food for the Pantry and to cover other operational costs of the Center.
- Emergency assistance of various forms was provided to 378 individuals in 2019.
- Annually, Operation Merry Christmas, provides families with gifts for children and food to prepare a Holiday meal. In 2019, 734 individuals received food and gifts for family members ranging from infant to age 18.
- A scholarship program for needy local high school students. This program continues to grow; currently three $1000 scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis annually .
THE CENTER HAS IMPLEMENTED NEW SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR ALL ASPECTS OF OUR OPERATIONS
Josh welcomes clients to the Center and directs them to the hand sanitizer
Geoff and Jerome organize food and merchandise inventories.
Karen manages the check out table.
Donations that come to Center are covered, dated and after three days sorted for sale.
58 Avenue D
Geneva, NY 14456
THRIFT STORE HOURS
Monday ..... 10AM–3PM
Tuesday ..... 10AM–3PM
Wednesday ..... 10AM–3PM
Thursday ..... 10AM–3PM
Friday ..... 10AM–3PM
Saturday ..... 10AM–12:30PM
Sunday ..... Closed
FOOD PANTRY HOURS