About HANDmeUPs Thrift
HANDmeUPs Thrift was created solely for the purpose of providing volunteer and employment opportunities to individuals with autism and other intellectual developmental disabilities while meeting the community’s needs. The store is managed by Gena Brown and Jeff Fleming, specialists who have a combined 30+ years experience working with people with disabilities in education, employment training, and job coaching. They understand the varying abilities of teens/adults with developmental disabilities and provide a work environment where individuals can master specific tasks and be successful employees. HANDmeUPs Thrift now has 21 part-time employees who work a variety of jobs including back room attendants, production associates and cashiers!
Everyone in the community benefits:
Items donated are tax-deductible.
Greener environment as items will be re-used/recycled/repurposed.
All proceeds are used to create jobs and opportunities for adults with autism and/or other intellectual/developmental disabilities living in our community.
Mission Statement: Creating jobs and advocating for adults with Autism and/or other Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in the Triangle.
Vision Statement: Adults with Autism/IDD will have meaningful choices wherever they live, learn, earn, play and pray.
Check out our video "It's About our ABILITIES, not our DISabilities," featuring some of our very own employees!
Store managers Gena Brown and Jeff Fleming
Monday through Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm