The non-profit’s Thrift Shops and Bookstore Cafe fund the organization’s mission of ending homelessness and AIDS.
Since 1990, the nonprofit has provided various services to more than 30,000 homeless and low-income residents of New York affected by HIV/AIDS. Services include housing, healthcare, meals and nutritional counseling, mental health and substance use treatment, job training and legal assistance.
The thrift shop will be located at 71-54 Austin Street in Forest Hills. The site formerly held the Urban Creations fashion boutique.
There will be a grand opening event at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 29. Members of the community can stop by to sample some of the neighborhood’s restaurants and enter raffles.
The shop is the first ever thrift shop for Housing Works in the borough. Currently, Housing Works has 13 high-end thrift shops throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.
“We’re thrilled we can introduce Forest Hills to our beloved thrift shops,” said Cheryl Grimm, vice president of Thrift Retail. “It has been a long time coming but we’re excited to finally have a shop in Queens.”
According to a Housing Works spokeswoman, the new shop will focus on men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, feature a small home accessories and books section, and art. Like its other shops, the Forest Hills location will be curated with upscale goods.
“There are a lot of locations and I am very excited how this one will turn out,” said Helen Chin, an Elmhurst resident who shops at the various thrift shops and attends Housing Works special events. “Each one likes to be like a local shop that reflects the vibes of the respective neighborhood it is in.”
"I am happy to have an upscale thrift store open up here in Forest Hills and we are in good company as Housing Works has many other prestigious locations [like] the Upper East Side, Soho [and] Park Slope,” said Leslie Brown, president of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. "I think it will be a draw for our community."
All proceeds from the Forest Hills thrift shop will go towards the Housing Works services and provide housing for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions.
“It’s going to be so much fun checking out their cool stuff while supporting a great cause," Chin added.
Community members will be able to donate during the shop’s normal business hours, which are Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.