LIMA — For 18 years, Neighborhood Relief Thrift Store owners Dave and Heather Roznowski have dedicated their lives to helping those in need in Allen County through the love of Christ, said Dave Roznowski.
When the Roznowskis opened their first location in 2000, they wanted to offer a larger thrift store option that truly gave back to the community.
“I was recruited for the National Guard and saw a lot of need in the community and just asked where the need was coming from,” said Dave Roznowski. “I felt like we wanted to help people with a low-cost business.”
A year after opening and becoming Christians, the couple decided to commit the business to Christ.
“Since then God has just used it to glorify Him and to be a light in the community any way that we can, not only with material things, but we also offer prayer,” said Heather Roznowski. “We just try to provide a positive environment for people.”’
The faith-based store on 1500 Elida Road offers clothing and household items.
It has a clothing inventory of close to 700 items, which are changed every six weeks. Kids clothing starts at $1.39 and adult clothing starts at $1.99. There is also clothing with 20, 40 or 75 percent discounted prices.
Every day an employee evaluates each piece of clothing to make sure it is presentable. All of the defect items are then recycled. The thrift store recycles 96,000 pounds of clothing.
Besides clothing, the business also reinvests its profits to help Allen County assistance agencies and schools help those in need. Also every year they provide thousands of Allen County residents with free clothing and beds. They also give Bibles.
“We’re a business, but we are a ministry first,” said Dave Roznowski. “Everything that you donate to us gets reinvested into our local community, that’s very key. You can donate to a lot of places but the money and the donations don’t also benefit the local community.”
The couple’s goal is to ultimately help those in need and spread the word of God.
“If they walk in the store discouraged or without hope we hope that when they leave they have hope in their situation,” said Heather Roznowski.
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